TWO EXCITING PROJECTS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR INVOLVEMENT

by Gosia Kung on March 6, 2013

We are thrilled to share updates with you on two WalkDenver projects.

 Better Block Five Points

The Better Block project is a community revitalization effort that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a public space with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. For one day, the project will install pedestrian improvements, create seating areas, provide landscaping and street furniture, incorporate art into the public space, provide live music, and more. Better Block aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that lead to permanent solutions for areas in Denver.

Building on the 2012 success of Better Block Jefferson Park, WalkDenver along with community partners is working on the 2013 Demonstration. The target area for this project is 24th Street between Stout and Welton Streets in the historic African American community of Five Points in Denver. While designated as a Pedestrian Corridor in the North East Downtown Area Plan, 24th Street and adjacent historical Sonny Lawson Park have been neglected and present conditions are substandard and unsafe. Better Block project will aim at low-cost improvements to the quality of the built environment that will result in an inviting and vibrant public space essential to the social and economic health of the community.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, and there are still many exciting opportunities to get involved and help organize the demonstration. For more information please contact James at james@streetscapes.biz.

Walk Friendly Communities Application

 Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. (http://www.walkfriendly.org/index.cfm)

WalkDenver is working with the City & County of Denver on the community assessment to create a base line of data that will provide basis for pedestrian policy and infrastructure improvements in Denver.

WalkDenver is looking for volunteer researchers to help with this task. Time commitment varies between half an hour to two hours. Multiple commitments are available. Please contact Diana diana.zinkl@gmail.com for more information.

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