Community Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 12, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
High Line Canal Stormwater Project
Presenters: Austin Konkle (Hamon Infrastructure), Liz Palmquist (City’s consultant), and Gary Padilla (DOTI) will talk about the changes coming to the High Line Canal. Presentation slides.
Construction Hours: 7 AM - 5 PM, with some occasional Saturdays
Stormwater management to support the vitality of the Canal
Connection across the High Line Canal Conservancy w/bridge projects § Short-term pedestrian bridge closures
Simultaneous DPR trail repair work during closure (approx 50 ft.)
Near the playground
Near May 1st - Mid-June
Temporary detour from CO. Blvd. to Dahlia for the trail
Holly/Eastman bridge will be replaced, expected to be finished by end of 2021
Water quality structure on S. Dahlia adjacent to Eisenhower Park and an additional structure at Wellshire Golf Course.
The new installations will provide function and aesthetics
Definition of Forebay: A water quality treatment term. It typically means a small pond (or bay) that collects water and let's sediment drop out before entering a larger pond. In this case, it's a vegetated strip that will filter sediment and dirt before the water enters the canal.
Starting May 1st alongside the Ash Forebay for 5-6 weeks
Met w/ City Forester and decided and discussed which trees should be removed. They were “volunteer sprouts.” Needed to clear the trail. The project inspector was present for the removal.
Phase II “could” include planting of trees. No plans yet. HLCC is planning to plant vegetation on other parts of the 70+ miles of the Canal.
There's no reported storm event issues or health concerns for this section of the canal.
Denver’s goal of this project is to clean storm water before it enters our waterways
The installations will help pull out sediment and trash
Concern about the Beavers and other wildlife and habitat. DPR wants to leave the various habitats alone. Beavers, etc. will voluntarily move during construction and will likely move back post construction.
Hopefully the forebays will help w/ the litter that winds up in the Canal. There will be regular sweeps (3x per year) of the trash and debris.
For general questions not requiring an immediate response, email or call:
Website Info https://denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Department-of- Transportation-and-Infrastructure/Programs- Services/Projects/High-Line-Canal-Stormwater
Construction completion should be approximately November 2021
Safe Parking Program
Four days ago, on Thursday, April 8, UHNA learned that the First Universalist Church on the corner of Hampden Ave and Colorado Blvd is planning to submit an application to host a Safe Parking Program on their property.
Today (April 12, 2021), UHNA received a notification letter from the First Universalist Church of Denver.
https://www.firstuniversalist.org/social-justice/: Click on homelessness. Then several links are available. Including the Application, an 8 page overview, and the program contract.
Church has plans to begin program in June/July
Residents would have background checks done by Colorado Safe Parking Initiative (CSPI)
Residents would also agree to a covenant of 26 points
No drugs, alcohol or weapons are permitted
8 Cars only w/ 1-2 people over the age of 18, no children
Provide a safe place to sleep in cars
Hours of operation from 6 pm - 8 am daily; Residents would need to go elsewhere during the day
No Campers, trailers, RV’s, or tents would be allowed
Porta-Potty and a hand sanitizing station and trash cans would be provided as part of the program
DPD would be notified of the program and would be available to support if needed
Application has not been submitted yet
Permit is good for 6 months w/an opportunity to renew the permit
The Church is hosting an information meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99944447039pwd=d0gzVVlrRFhLZGhSM2ttUGE0MFF vUT09
Neighbors planned another meeting to discuss the Safe Parking Program tomorrow (April 13) @ Magna Carta Park @ 5 pm