Message from the President
Dear CHUN Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this note finds you well. Welcome to the Urban Dweller...the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods monthly e-newsletter. Here is the latest from one of Denver’s oldest and largest registered neighborhood organization and community advocate:
April is a significant month in that it is National Volunteer Month and celebrates Earth Day on Friday, April 22. National Volunteer Month is a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of volunteering and honoring the significant contributions volunteers make by generously donating their time and talents to worthy causes. It is also a month for CHUN to reaffirm its commitment to giving back to the community and supporting environmental sustainability. CHUN is co-hosting three volunteer opportunities combining our passion for building community and supporting the planet including: (1) a Morey Middle School gardening event, (2) an electronic waste recycling event, and (3) an Alamo Placita Park clean up day. Please come out and support these great causes and spend quality time with your neighbors.
On Friday, April 1, CHUN also hosted its first 2022 Lunch & Learn webinar with Denver Parks & Recreation. It was great to hear more about forthcoming projects, including an update on Congress Park's outdoor pool project plus a return to 100% planting levels at other Denver favorites including City Park, Cheesman Park, and Quality Hill Park. I, along with my colleagues on the CHUN board of directors, thank the many committed civil servants for investing their time and talent in our city.
We are also very excited to tell you that the Tears-McFarlane House project is progressing. Projects have begun on the restoration of the historic house, and we are excited to see beautification underway. I was especially pleased to see the florescent lighting fixtures removed, and I look forward to more period-appropriate fixtures and décor to be incorporated in the final restoration and development. Stay tuned for further details about this and other updates about the property's future.
I would like to give a special shout-out this month to our board member and VP of the Tears-McFarlane House, Andrew Rogge, who went above and beyond in coordinating the community giveaway, cleanup, and disposal of unneeded items that were left in the house over the past 40 years. CHUN partnered with Gone for Good to help find good homes for most of the items, including conference room tables, refrigerators, and office furniture, with local community groups. THANK YOU, Andrew. We are a stronger, more successful organization because of your hard work and commitment to CHUN and Denver.
Please join me in welcoming Katie Swick as CHUN's newly hired Community Outreach Coordinator. Looking ahead, Katie will facilitate special programs, organize community meetings, develop community-investment projects, and promote volunteerism, all with an emphasis on fostering meaningful connections for our growing organization. Katie brings social media and events experience from her time at AmeriCorps VISTA and work at the much-beloved Denver Zoo.
Finally, as Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Let us invest in community and create a better future for greater Capitol Hill and Denver.
Travis Leiker, MPA
President and Executive Director
Member of the Month
CHUN Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer for Morey Community Gardens Earth Day Prep
Volunteer for CHUN's Electronic Waste Recycling Event
Join CHUN Neighbors for a Volunteer Cleanup at Alamo Placita Park
CHUN News and Events
Meet Fellow Business Members and Neighbors at CHUN's May Happy Hours
CHUN Members Join 7th Avenue Governor's Park Tour
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Presents at March CHUN Board Meeting
CHUN Committee Reports
A meeting for CHUN’s Community Engagement Committee was held on March 14th and focused on planning activities for 2022. Activities for this year are part of fulfilling these five community engagement goals:
CHUN History Matters is planning for the coming year with a calendar of meetings and a renewed focus on "Preserving our Past, Improving our Present, and Planning for the Future."
The History Matters committee is tackling its work with a focus on inclusivity. Meetings will be organized in two different formats: 1) an invitation to all History Matters committee members (and occasional special guests) with a planned and focused agenda every other month, and; 2) the continuation of outreach and enrichment programming that will be open to anyone in the community.
Past community programming has included the history of Capitol Hill, adaptive reuse of historic buildings and a history walk in Cheesman Park with author Phil Goodstein.
Governor's Park Update - CHUN History Matters representatives and Travis Leiker have been in dialogue with neighbors and business owners in the Governor's Park area, which is experiencing a great deal of change. We want our entire committee to come together to discuss what next steps make sense for CHUN involvement in the area, including the possibility of a new Governor's Park Streetcar Commercial Historic District or perhaps a new Governor's Park Business Improvement District. CHUN will have a key voice in discussions about the future of this important area.
The committee has two confirmed presenters for its next meeting on Thursday, 4/7 at 6pm. Analiese Hock, Denver Principal City Planner, will discuss the Expanding Housing Affordability proposal that is moving its way through public comment toward hearings and City Council consideration and Reverend Brian Henderson of First Baptist Church will present a plan to redevelop their existing parking lot into affordable and at-market housing.
Denver and Colorado News and Events
City of Denver to Transfer Bison Yearlings to Tribal Nations
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, along with other city officials and partners, will recognize the donation of Denver Mountain Park bison to the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and Tall Bull Memorial Council, to reintroduce bison to tribal lands.
The event on March 21 will mark the first bison transfer to the Northern Arapaho Tribe of 15 yearlings. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will transfer a total of 33 bison this year; 15 to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming; 17 to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma; and 1 to the Tall Bull Memorial Council in Colorado.
Monday, March 21
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Genesee Park, 26771 Genesee Lane, Golden, CO
Bison will be loaded and depart immediately following the program
April 15 Ribbon Cutting for The Denver Woman's Press Club New Little Free Library
Uptown is Looking for Artists, Creators, and Vendors for a Pop-Up Market
Virtual Two-Day Conference on Energy-saving Practices
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