The Hentzell Park land swap between the city, parks, and schools is becoming a very heated topic. The below email presents the opposing viewpoint from the city's perspective in the previous post.
Dear Community Leader:
The future of Denver parks is under threat. Advocates for Denver Parks is a citywide coalition dedicated to the protection and preservation of parks and open space in a city which is already deficient in per capita parkland.
You may be aware that Mayor Michael B. Hancock proposes to give up nine acres of Hentzell Park Natural Area to Denver Public Schools in exchange for an office building at 1330 Fox. A school might be built on the land acquired by DPS, and the office building would be used for a domestic violence victims assistance center.
Advocates for Denver Parks do not take a position on the need for a new school in southeast Denver or on the location of a home for the City’s Domestic Violence Center. We do assert, however, that the loss of land that has been designated as a Natural Area in order to accomplish these goals sets an unacceptable precedent that could erode the quality and size of Denver’s park system.
Advocates for Denver Parks oppose the loss of any of Denver's park and open space property. We hope you agree that parkland is a precious commodity which cannot be sold, traded, or otherwise removed from public ownership without a public vote.
Regardless of your position, it is critically important that you express your views prior to a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board this Thursday evening.
If you haven’t done so yet, please send an e-mail to city officials, telling them you reject the terrible proposal to destroy nine acres of designated Hentzell Park Natural Area to make it available for a building site.
Your message does not need to be elaborate. It is only important that Mayor Michael B. Hancock and other officials hear from as many citizens as possible.
This consolidated list contains all the e-mail addresses for Mayor, Parks Manager, members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and City Council:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Lauri.Dannemiller@denvergov.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Derek.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Haydenpryor@msn.com,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jrob100@hotmail.com, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, James_allen@dpsk12.org, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Chris.Nevitt@denvergov.org,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, OrtegaAtLarge@denvergov.org
In addition, please attend the public meeting on the de-designation to be held by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Thursday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m., in the Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building downtown at 201 West Colfax. Best place to enter is through the doors on Court Place near 15th Street.
The public meeting is on the 4th floor, room 4.F.6. Please sign the sign-in sheet as “opposed” to the de-designation, and please state your opposition during the “public comment” period at the beginning of the meeting. A very short statement of your opposition is all that is needed.
Share this e-mail with all of your like-minded neighbors and friends, and urge them to also send e-mails and attend the public meeting.
For your background and convenience, this message contains an attached guest editorial and accompanying news article from the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle so that you can easily read and share the information.
You'll find additional information at www.denvernature.net and www.denverdirect.tv.
Thank you for your interest.
On behalf of Advocates for Denver Parks