August 2011

Dear University Park Neighbor,

The following are the announcements for August 2011 brought to you by the University Park Community Council (UPCC) a few days early.

  • The neighborhood Purple Pages Directory will be distributed in September. The UPCC is now soliciting advertisers, the deadline was July 31st but we can still squeeze you in. For more information call Pam Adams at (303) 898-3598.
  • UPark Garden Update
    • Thanks to all the volunteers, the girl scouts, 4-H, the three year old class, the kindergarten planters, the grade level gardeners, the PTA organizers and fund raisers, the parents, the teachers, the garden supporters and everyone that has made a contribution to bring the garden to this point. The rain this summer has been extraordinary. We now have lettuce, beets, chard, and some tender snow peas as well as flowers, mint, dill, chives, and oregano.
    • Youth Farmer’s Market August 16th at UPark Playground. You can shop that day but donations of raw and whole produce or flowers will also be needed. Donations can be given Monday and Tuesday the 15th or 16th. People with donations can call Anne at 303-753-6572 or email
  • The transportation board position is open on the UPCC. Please if you might be interested in filling this role or to learn more.
  • University Park 125th Anniversary Celebration: Then and Now
    • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 25th at 3:30pm, at Observatory Park. We will be celebrating with music, food, a photo display, a program, honoring of our Neighborhood Pioneers and more.
    • We are looking for the Neighborhood Pioneers or residents that have lived in UPark the longest. If you think you might be that person or know that person, email or call Jen at 720-273-0817. (We have some submissions already but want more!)
    • Calling all neighborhood artists! We are planning on creating an anniversary poster featuring a local artist representation of University Park. If you would like to be part of this great project, email or call Aimee at
    • We want your photos! Please email, mail or drop off your favorite photos of the neighborhood. They can be old or new, digital or print. We will have a display at the celebration. Email or mail or drop off at:
      • 125th Celebration c/o Ward
        2369 S Madison Street
        Denver, CO 80210
  • The new play structure is up in Observatory Park! Thank you to all that donated funds, Charlie Brown for matching the funds and Jennifer Engleby for working with the City to make this happen.
  • Parks and Recreation is proposing route changes and renewal of the surface to theWashington Park’s perimeter running trailClick here for more info. (They are asking for feedback by August 4th.)
  • The neighborhood is looking for families to host Japanese high school students for a week during the first two weeks of August. The student is picked up every morning and spends the whole day doing activities. You would be asked to provide dinner. If interested contact Jim Kidder at or 303-758-8388.
  • UPCC Safety Chair attended the CAB (Citizen Advisory Board) Meeting at District 3 the beginning of the month. Click here to read her notes from the meeting.
  • Traffic and Crossings on Buchtel: A City traffic study indicated that changes in traffic light timing will create longer gaps in vehicle traffic, making it easier and safer to cross Buchtel Blvd. A pedestrian area sign will also be added at S. Monroe.
  • Coyote Update: Coyote signs are posted along Buchtel Trail. The pups are out on their own now, so be careful. Small pets shouldn’t be out without close supervision. Use the loud-scare technique to show coyotes they are not welcome, if they are in view.
  • PRAIRIE PARK has been added to the Historic Buchtel Boulevard Trail sign at S. St. Paul.
  • The Buchtel/Columbine intersection and Buchtel Centennial Park project only needs a final inspection and should get underway soon.
  • The dinosaurs at McWilliams Park are looking great! Thank you to the City and resident Karen Coffey for keeping the paint and an eye of them.
  • If you are passionate about the services of Denver Public Library, the Inter-neighborhood Cooperation is forming a special committee to with the goal of the committee is to develop ways that community input can be incorporated into the Library’s planning process. If interested, contact Steve J. Nissen at or 303-733-8524.
  • Tips on Unwanted Noise: The city’s Noise Inspector is Paul Riedesel. He deals with loud machines, trucks, construction, amplified music and voices at bars, etc. The following are numbers to call for noise issues:
    • Noise Inspector Office call 311 or 720-865-5410
    • Residential Noise call police non-emergency number at 720-913-2000
    • Noisy animals call Animal Control at 303-698-0076
  • Accelerated School is installing a new garden and outdoor classroom and would love neighborhood involvement in the future. More information to come.
  • Consider supporting the UPCC.

List of Upcoming Events: 

  • TIP: Free Pig Roast every Friday, 7pm at Crimson and Gold on University & Asbury. Get there on time because once it runs out, there is no more until the following Friday.
  • Saturday, August 6th Public Viewing Chamberlin Observatory.
  • Youth Farmer’s Market August 16 th. Donations of raw and whole produce or flowers will also be needed. Email Anne at if you can help.
  • DPS starts Thursday, August 18th
  • 125th UPark Anniversary Celebration Sunday, September 25th, 3:30pm

The University Park Community Council, (UPCC) mission is to promote and enhance the quality of life in University Park Neighborhood. Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you out in the neighborhood.


Tom Gonnella and Dana Strand O’Connor, on behalf of the UPCC Board and

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