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May 2019 U-Hills Newsletter
(Circulated May 3, 2019)

Hello U-Hills Neighbors,
 
Wow, what a busy start to 2019, heh? (Although, I suppose I can’t honestly say “start”, as we’re already nearly half way into 2019!) Either way, there’s been a lot happening! Here are some U-Hills highlights and events still to come...
 
It was fun to see so many of you at the U-Hills Egg Hunt! It was certainly a chilly morning. But that’s the fun of growing up in Colorado, right?!... You can expect snowy egg hunts in Spring and coats over Halloween costumes in Fall. 
 
The High Line Canal Earth Day Cleanup was a huge success! Together, we cleaned more than 550 POUNDS OF TRASH! THANK YOU so much to everyone who volunteered to make such a difference in our community!
 
The data is in. Neighborhood Watch is working! Our U-Hills neighborhood is getting safer. Crime is going down. Thanks for caring for each other and watching out for each other. 
 
The Denver Election is only days away! Haven’t voted yet? You’re not alone. We can help! Find links to candidate forum videos and election guides below. 
 
Happy Friday neighbors! 
 
Emily 
 
Emily H. Walker
President of the Board
U-Hills Neighborhood Association
 
 

THE DENVER ELECTION IS TUESDAY! 
Make sure you cast your vote by 7:00 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 7. It’s too late to mail your ballot. But no biggie, you can drop it off!

  • 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box: 

    • Eisenhower Rec Center (4300 E. Dartmouth)

    • RTD Southmoor Station (3737 S. Monaco Street Pkwy)
       

  • Replacement Ballots, Registration, In-Person Voting: 

    • Denver Police Department (1625 S. University)

      • Friday, May 3: 10 AM - 6 PM

      • Saturday, May 4: 10 AM - 2 PM

      • Monday, May 6: 10 AM - 6 PM

      • Tuesday, May 7 (Election Day): 7 AM - 7 PM
         

 

Denver Election Resources

 

 

Denver Mulch Giveaway This Saturday!
Ready to get your yard and garden looking great?! On Saturday, May 4, Denver residents can take advantage of a one-day event to get two great products! Denver residents can load up on FREE MULCH at several locations (listed below) and purchase compost at a discounted price at the Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Road) while supplies last.


Dig-Your-Own Free Mulch
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.)

  • Bear Creek Park (South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.)

  • Fred Thomas Park (Quebec St. & 26th Ave.)

  • Sloan’s Lake Park (Sheridan Blvd. & 17th

  • Veterans Park (Iowa Ave. & Vine St.)

 

 

U-Hills North will have a park soon!
Congratulations to our U-Hills North neighbors who’ll finally have a park! This is a wonderful achievement that took a lot of hard work and determination. Councilwoman Kendra Black and the U-Hills North RNO led the effort to make a case for this much needed park. The new pocket park will be where the longtime Groundcovers Garden Center has been for decades. The owner has decided to retire and the family is happy the space will become a park for the community. THANKS to everyone who wrote letters and attended events in support of this much needed park! You've made a real, positive difference in our community! (Denverite)

 

 

High Line Canal Bridge at South Holly Street
March’s Bomb Cyclone uprooted one of the oldest and largest cottonwood trees in our neighborhood. The gigantic tree fell on the bridge at South Holly Street and the bridge has been deemed unsafe. Unfortunately, at this time, the City is unable to give an estimation as to when the bridge will be replaced/repaired. 

 

 

12-story developments may be coming to U-Hills North
Yes, it’s true. There are a couple of 12-story developments that may be on the horizon for U-Hills North. The U-Hills North RNO has been working to guide the new developments in a way that benefits the community. Sandwiched in between two Light Rail Stations, Colorado Blvd, and I25, U-Hills North is an area of growth. When we as citizens cooperate to guide coming change, we help ensure change serves our community. The U-Hills North Community RNO invites everyone to be a part of the process at their Annual Neighborhood Meeting.


U-Hills North Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Sign-in begins at 6:00 PM)
Hope Fellowship Church Basement (2400 S Ash Street)

 

 

Hampden Avenue Improvements and High Line Canal Underpasses 
Later this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans to repave Hampden Avenue and install some pedestrian enhancements. CDOT and the City also plan to begin work on two High Line Canal underpasses at Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Join us to learn more from CDOT and City engineers and planners at the information session.

 

Hampden Ave. Improvements and High Line Canal Underpass Update
Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Temple Sinai (3509 South Glencoe Street)

 

 

Property Tax Relief Program
A lot of us recently received our 2019 Property Valuations. If your taxes went up and you feel stressed, there may be relief. Families who own a home and earn 40% of Area Median Income or less can now qualify for the city’s Property Tax Relief Program. The applicant (or at least one full-time member of the household) must be eligible to receive public assistance. Depending on family size and homeowner status, the income limits range from $16,000 to $41,000. Visit denvergov.org/propertytaxrelief or call 720-944-4DHS to learn more.You can also learn about other assistance programs by calling 311 or by visiting denvergov.org/housing.

 

 

Clean your clutter! 
The Great Denver Cleanup is May 18! This is a great opportunity to recycle, compost, and dispose of unwanted materials from your home, yard, and around the neighborhood. Bring your unwanted items to a FREE drop-off site.
 
Saturday, May 18, 9 AM - 2 PM

  • North High School (2960 N Speer Blvd)

  • Public Works Roslyn Facility (5440 Roslyn St)

  • Public Works Central Platte Facility (1271 W Bayaud Ave)

  • Public Works Cherry Creek Transfer Station (7301 E Jewell Ave)

 

The following items are ACCEPTED, but MUST BE SORTED by type and kept separate from trash to ensure they can be properly recycled or composted:

  • Yard debris

  • Large rigid plastics

  • Furniture, box springs, and mattresses

  • Clothing and shoes

  • Cardboard 

  • Large pieces of glass

  • Tires

  • Scrap metal

 

Materials NOT ACCEPTED at this event:

  • NO electronics

  • NO batteries or light bulbs

  • NO household hazardous waste

  • NO building, construction/demolition, or commercial landscape materials

 

 

U-Hills Plaza Farmer’s Market Begins Saturday, June 1st
Our own friendly U-Hills Farmer’s Market is returning to U-Hills Plaza this summer! There’ll be new farmers and market vendors EVERY SATURDAY, all summer long! Bring the family, meet a friend, do your grocery shopping outside in the fresh, summer air!

 

 

Food Trucks and Live Music at the U-Hills Summerfest, August 3rd
Our U-Hills Neighborhood Association Summerfest will be on Saturday, August 3! Join us for good food, live music, and lots of fun. Come one, come all!
U-Hills Summerfest
Saturday, August 3, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bradley International Elementary School Playgrounds
(3051 South Elm Street)

 

 

Six Denver High Schools are rated the best in Colorado!
US News has published its annual list of best high schools in each state and six Denver Public School High Schools are on the list! (Denver Business Journal)

 

 

Help us build a strong community! 
Our U-Hills neighborhood events make a real difference and help build a strong community. We’d love your help! Whether it’s simply volunteering at a certain event, serving on a committee, or perhaps even creating/chairing a committee for an initiative that means a lot to you. Please let us know if there’s a UHNA initiative you’d like to be a part of by taking this SUPER SHORT SURVEY.

Denver Municipal Elections, Initiative 300
Letter from the Board

(Circulated April 25, 2019)

Neighbors and Friends,

As your Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO), our primary responsibilities are to advocate for our U-Hills community, serve as a resource network, and look over the horizon on issues that can impact our neighborhood, and sometimes our entire city.
 
We are elected, volunteer representatives of our community. We have differing viewpoints and perspectives – and we are glad for this. Indeed, differing opinions create the kind of balance that makes communities and democratic systems strong.
 
One important item on the Denver Election Ballot is Initiative 300 / the Right to Survive Initiative.
 
Because of its potential impact on our U-Hills parks and trails, Initiative 300 has been on our radar for some time. To learn and understand Initiative 300, we’ve listened to attorneys, we’ve listened to critics, we’ve listed to supporters, and we’ve listened to fellow citizens. After extensive review, we unanimously agree that, if passed, Initiative 300 would negatively impact U-Hills, Denver, and even the people the initiative aims to help.
 
We encourage all members of our community to closely examine Initiative 300. Please read the entire language of the initiative (not just the simplified ballot description). And, please seek factual, unbiased information published by reputable sources in order to carefully consider the pros and cons. 

We have high hopes that whatever the result, having Initiative 300 on the ballot will spark increased awareness of a dire situation we must solve. We hope and encourage our incoming city leadership to make haste in working towards solid ideas and solutions that work for all citizens. 
 
Thank you for being engaged citizens and remember to vote by May 7, 2019.
 
Members of the Board
U-Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA)

March 2019 U-Hills Newsletter
(Circulated March 17, 2019)

 

Our U-Hills area sidewalks need your help!

Together, the U-Hills, U-Hills North, and U-Park communities are hosting a Denver Moves Pedestrian and Trails meeting this THURSDAY, MARCH 21, at 6:30 PM, at the U-HILLS ROSS LIBRARY (4310 E. Amherst Ave., 80222).
 
The purpose of the meeting is to: 

  • Learn about the Denver Moves Pedestrian and Trails Plan.

  • Provide feedback to the city regarding WHICH ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED IN OUR CORNER OF TOWN.

 
Safe sidewalks and trails are important because they promote:

  • Safety (by reducing hazards that cause injury and fatality)

  • Safer communities (by increasing eyes and ears around the community)

  • Stronger communities (because people recognize and know each other better)

  • Improved health (through movement and exercise)

  • Equity (because people across income levels have better access to safe and dignified transit)

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions (by spurring increased use of multimodal transportation options and public transit)

  • Reduced traffic and road congestion (by offering safe and dignified alternatives to single occupancy vehicles)

  • Positive impact to local businesses (businesses thrive more in more walkable communities) 

 
We look forward to hearing from you Thursday, March 21!

City Council Candidate Forum, March 27

Denver elections are coming up May 7, 2019 and Denver INC is hosting a City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00 PM at Cook Park Recreation Center (7100 Cherry Creek S Dr., Denver, CO 80224).

U-Hills is in Denver City Council District 4. Incumbent Kendra Black and Colleen Zahradnicek are running in Denver's general election for City Council District 4.

Please submit your question ideas and top priority issues via email. We will provide your ideas, questions, and comments to Denver INC for consideration before next week’s city council candidate forum. 

High Line Canal Cleanup, April 6

We heard you!.. The High Line Canal is one of our neighborhood’s favorite community assets. We are so lucky to live in the city AND live only footsteps away from a nature trail – where there are beautiful towering cottonwood trees, ducks, fox, and a beaver (Yes! There’s truly a beaver living in our U-Hills section of the High Line!). 

 

This Spring we will work with Councilwoman Kendra Black and the High Line Canal Conservancy to organize a volunteer cleanup of our U-Hills section of the High Line Canal. More details to come. 

U-Hills Neighborhood Egg Hunt, April 13

Spring is right around the corner and so is our U-Hills annual Egg Hunt! There’ll be treats for the kids and bagels and coffee too! Everyone welcome!

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM 

  • Bradley International Elementary School Playgrounds (3051 So. Elm St.)

            

East Yale Avenue Vision Zero Event Coming Summer 2019

Together with the University Hills North Neighborhood Organization and Councilwoman Kendra Black, we applied for and won grant money to conduct a Vision Zero demonstration event in our U-Hills section of East Yale Avenue. So what’s that mean?!... Glad you asked!... 

 

Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to eliminate all traffic related fatalities and increase safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for everyone. Learn more about Denver’s Vision Zero program

 

So what's all of this mean for our U-Hills neighborhood?... We’ve been awarded Vision Zero grant money and we're working with WalkDenver, Councilwoman Kendra Black, and our neighbors in the U-Hills North community to plan a one-day demonstration event in June 2019. During the demonstration event, there will be temporary changes made along the roadway (such as temporary medians, crosswalks, and curb extensions) to increase safety for vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and bikers alike. The goal is to demonstrate how improved street design can increase safety. 

 

The East Yale Avenue Vision Zero event will be an important and useful segue to a larger East Yale Avenue road, traffic, and safety analysis which will occur later in 2019. Our end goal with all of these programs is work towards design improvements on East Yale Avenue that increase safety.  

Archived University Hills News and Announcements

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