President’s Message -August 2022

Happy August Everyone!  I have some exciting news to share!

We have two new committees to announce.  The Scooter Committee led by David Kurth will be working with Councilman Hinds, LoDoNA’s Pedestrian Safety Committee, and e-scooter companies to address public safety issues involving pedestrians and e-scooters.  The committee will discuss possible changes to current city ordinances and enforcement of same.  The second committee is the Good Neighbor Committee led by Garis Smith.  The purpose of the Good Neighbor Committee is to work with applicants for new, renewed or transferred licenses of various types to ensure that the businesses are operated in a manner consistent with a mixed business/residential community.  The committee will negotiate and enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement which will include stipulations that the business agrees to follow in being a good neighbor. 

The Social and Membership Committees, with the help of business member Spring 44, have an exciting event planned for Wednesday, August 17th.  The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Spire building located at 891 14th Street.  An Eventbrite invitation will be sent out to UpDoNA members, and flyers will be distributed to residential buildings in Upper Downtown.  Space is limited, so make sure to save your spot!

Look for UpDoNA’s new safety vests on Clean Up Days.  Thanks to Janet Apter, Kristen Deak, and Jan Brown of the Clean Sustainable Denver Committee, volunteers for Clean Up Days will be donning safety vests with the UpDoNA name and logo.  Volunteers are often thanked by passersby for the work being done on Clean Up Days.  Now our volunteers will be easily identified as UpDoNA members who are committed to making our neighborhood great. 

For the safety of our members, the Safety and Quality of Life Committee recently contacted the management company of the Beirut Grill building.  The committee asked the building owner to file Trespassing Agreements with the Denver Police Department and to post No Trespassing Signs on the property; the owner agreed to both requests.  The Agreements authorize the police to remove individuals found doing questionable or illegal activities on the property which includes both the building and the parking lot.  In addition, the Agreements enable UpDoNA members to call the police to report trespassers on the property.  The Trespassing Agreements are filed under two different addresses.  When calling the police, please identify the property by using one or both of the following addresses:  820 15th Street and/or 1456 Champa Street. 

Please enjoy the rest of your summer and remember to spend time in our parks.  The Civic Center Conservancy has worked hard to return Civic Center Park to a place we can once again enjoy.  They hold several events a month including Yoga in the Park and Food Truck Friday.  Let’s support our parks to keep them vibrant, beautiful and safe. 



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