Washington Park Loop Road Improvements
Pavement markings, signage enhancements and lane widening to increase safety
DENVER, June 5, 2017 – Denver Parks and Recreation will begin improvements to the Washington Park Loop Road in order to create a safer and more enjoyable experience for visitors while maintaining the unique character of Washington Park.
Washington Park’s Loop Road is a 2.2-mile internal park road that roughly follows the perimeter of the park and is popular for cycling, walking, rollerblading and jogging. It is unique in that it offers the only continuous loop in Denver available to cyclists and other wheeled recreational travel.
Modifications to the road will address major congestion points, parking access, and unsafe areas near entrances and parking lots where cyclists, pedestrians and cars come together. The new configuration will also create better separation between differential speed groups, as well as clearly define user-circulation to raise safety awareness.
Weather permitting, construction will begin the week of June 19 and is estimated to be completed in approximately 4 weeks. During construction, access to all interior parking lots will be available, and detours will be clearly identified with temporary signage and barriers.
Prior to construction, parallel parking along the Washington Park Loop Road will be removed to improve safety and widen lanes to establish a more uniform and intuitive lane configuration as recommended in the 2015 Washington Park Loop Safety Plan and the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan. Temporary signage will be posted notifying park users of the upcoming lane reconfigurations and the schedule and removal of the remaining parallel parking spaces on the Loop Road.
Modifications will include:
- Lane configuration improvements comprised of a two-way pedestrian lane separated by a two-foot painted buffer from two unidirectional lanes that accommodate wheel-based recreation
- Crosswalk and car traffic zone improvements consisting of hatched buffers, flexible bollards, green dashed pavement markings, shared lane markings, pavement markings, and painted crosswalks
- Signage improvements and the addition of new lane configuration signs, speed limit signs and vehicular regulatory traffic signs. These signs will be installed in strategic areas throughout the park to ensure maximum opportunity for education and awareness of the rules and regulation along Loop Road and throughout Washington Park.
For more information on the Washington Park Loop Safety Plan, visit the website.
DU Campus Master Plan
The University of Denver (DU) recently launched its Campus Master Plan process—a planning effort that will create a blueprint to guide the evolution of the physical and built environment on and around the campus.
This is a unique planning effort in that it will not only examine the campus, but also its edges. The goal is to promote greater interactions with neighboring communities, commercial areas and parks, as well as to improve transportation, pedestrian, and bicycling systems for the entire area.
You may have come to one of the kick-off open forums hosted at DU last month, which were attended by community members, students, faculty and staff. Throughout the planning process, DU will continue to work with the community to gather your ideas and vision for the future of the area.
After last month’s forums, DU released a survey to gather feedback on priorities for the kinds of spaces and places the community would like on and around campus, as well as ideas to support mobility and sustainability. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the project at impact.du.edu/master-plan and complete the survey.
The process will continue into early 2018 and there will be ongoing opportunities to provide input, attend forums and receive updates.
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors
Summer officially arrived today (June 21) just after midnight. Summer means vacations and spending more time outdoors enjoying recreational activities and cooling off at the beach, lake or pool.
Summer is also an important season to know your risks when outdoors, be prepared, and to take the appropriate action. On June 1, the National Weather Service launched its Summer Safety Campaign: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/summer-safety.
Here are a few hazards that we want to highlight and encourage all of our WRN Ambassadors to engage their employees, social media networks, communities and beyond.
Historically, the most lightning deaths occur in the months of June and July. The most important message everyone should know is if you can hear thunder, you are in danger. That is why we ask all our WRN Ambassadors to use the slogan “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”. New this year for the deaf & hard of hearing community “When You See a Flash, Dash to Safety.” Visit weather.gov/lightning for lightning safety content.
Many parts of the country are already experiencing heat waves. Always look for ways to reduce exposure to extreme heat and ensure young children and pets are especially protected.
For preparedness information on extreme heat, please go to www.weather.gov/heat.
Denver Partners on New Tool for Easier, More Convenient Parking!
Denver– People parking in city-owned lots now have a new way to pay. Denver Public Works is partnering with Parkmobile, LLC, to allow commuters to use their smartphones to pay for off-street parking spaces and receive notifications when their time is expiring.
“Any hurdles associated with paying for parking impacts how quickly people can get to where they want to go,” said Cindy Patton, Parking and Mobility Services Manager for Denver Public Works. “This new technology will allow people to park, pay via their mobile device, and not be required to stop or wait in line at a pay station. We are excited to provide this new mobile payment option that provides greater customer service to our residents and visitors so they can get to and from their destinations more efficiently.”
To use the new Parkmobile system, customers must create an account using the free mobile app (available for iPhone and Android), online at www.parkmobile.com, or by calling the toll-free number posted at the participating lots. Mobile app users can submit payments by phone and receive expiration alerts, decreasing the chance of parking fines, as Right of Way Enforcement agents will be able to verify the payment wirelessly.
A nominal Parkmobile transaction fee is charged for each parking session, in addition to the regularly charged parking fees. The app will recognize a customer’s location, provide parking duration options, and complete the purchase.
Parkmobile will be offered at all seven of the surface public parking lots Denver Public Works manages. Most public parking lots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Acme Lot – 1430 14th Street
- Auraria Lot – 1310 Larimer Street
- Bannock Lot – 1345 North Bannock Street
- Chestnut Lot – 2004 Chestnut Place
- Firehouse Lot – 1322 Blake Street
- North Elati Lot – 1395 N. Elati Street (open nights and weekends only)
- South Elati Lot – 1309 North Elati Street
Parkmobile, LLC, is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network spans across more than 2,000 locations, including 36 of the top 100 cities in the U.S.
There is always something going on at the library – book clubs, storytimes for babies and kids, knitting and gardening. And don’t forget you can check out books and DVD’s! To learn more, click here.
No Dropped Stitches Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m. @ Eugene Field. Do you knit, crochet, macrame or kumihimo? Bring your current project to our drop-in fiber arts studio.
North of 50 : Flash Memoir Writing by Decade (1970s) Wednesday, June 28, 2 p.m. @ Eugene Field. You have a story to tell! Why not immerse yourself in the ambience of a specific decade and see what memories emerge. Write a short scene from your life and share what you’ve written with your peers. 1970s ambience will include music and food.
The Eugene Field Branch is located at 810 S. University Blvd. 80209 Phone: 720-865-0240
Hours: Mon: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed:12-8 p.m. Thu: 12-8 p.m. Fri: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun: closed
Beautifying the Tree Bank Opposite 2380 E. Ohio Ave.
Many of us walk the neighborhood, especially en route to the park, library, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream or drive down E. Ohio Ave. This year I’ve taken it upon myself to spruce up the tree bank opposite 2380 E Ohio Ave, that weedy dusty patch between the parking lot entrance to the Bonnie Brae Tavern and the alley entrance. I’ve been working with The Park People who have awarded three street trees for that area. While it’s exciting to add life to that ugly blight many of us see often, there is a cost associated with contracting the landscapers to help plant, mulch, etc. Should any of you like to chip in on this project, it would be greatly appreciated! Anything will help.
Alley Art Continues to Make the News
Our neighborhood Bonnie Brae Alley Art Consortium continues to gain recognition for the unique, fun, different, entertaining Alley Art that they have been placing throughout the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.
The group even made the front page of the Denver Post back on Feb. 8, 2010. The very applicable headline, “Neighbors make mosaics for the Bonnie Brae area and end up piecing together a community.”