We met last Tuesday and went through most of the items on our agenda. Thank you to Judy, Nick, Emily and Kate for helping me to push through what turned out to be a good-sized agenda.
1) Our main item of discussion is Earth Day! Robyn from Talulah Jones asked us to start the planning for Earth Day and Judy Trompeter, our Parks and Beautification Committee Chair, hoped to combine our committees for this event. Here are the details:
Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day
There are many events happening around town we are hoping to piggy-back on. The first being RTD’s launch of the A Line, a high speed train from Union Station to DIA! The Grand Opening Ceremony and Celebration will be held 9am – noon at Union Station with Free Rides on the new line from noon-9pm!
After the festivities at Union Station, we would like to encourage Uptown residents and businesses to meet us for a Neighborhood Clean Up. We will be pairing up with Swallow Hill Neighbors and a local needle exchange group to sweep through the hood from Broadway to York along 17th and 18th focusing mainly on cleaning up bus stops. 1pm – 5pm meeting at TBD.
Fallene at Let em Have it Salon at 490 E 20th Avenue is celebrating as well! Congratulations Fallene on being granted “Green Circle Salon” status. First in Denver! We are going to bring a couple folding tables to her salon and set up some crafts for kids and adults, information about Certifiably Green Denver, BikeDenver, and our efforts at Uptown on the Hill. Then we’ll join Fallene inside at 6 pm for her celebration.
2) Green Business District
Thank you Emily with Certifiably Green Denver for joining us and offering support in these efforts. Emily informed the meeting that 32nd Ave on the West Side is also going to try to get a Green Business District (GBD) going and it’s us or them to make it there FIRST!
Our efforts are focused on finding and helping certify 10 businesses in the Uptown Neighborhood. We plan to have initial contact between the businesses and CGD by June. Please let us know if you have a business you’d like to see join the Green Business District!
3) Lastly, our board agreed to work with WalkDenver to improve walkability in our neighborhood. Last year we gathered information for their WalkScope program. This year we would like to start the process to install walking signs connecting 17th Avenue businesses and amenities with those at 19th and 20th. Thanks to Nicolas from Wartburg College who is working with WalkDenver for the next week. He has agreed to help us design a first round of signs for comments.
Please join us on Earth Day for the Clean Up and then at Let em Have it Salon to party!
Jessica Caouette, Greater Paths Chair and Co-Owner The Denver Bicycle Cafe