CLRC News: Councilor Cook Holds Park Construction Open House June 5th


by John Kiljan

Do you have questions or concerns about all the construction going on in the parks at Garrison and Carr streets?  Or just curious about what’s happening?  You’re probably not alone.  Arvada City Councilor Shelley Cook says she’s hearing plenty of them from her Council District 3 constituents who live in the neighborhoods near Ralston Road.  And she’s hoping to talk with as many people as she can about them in a meeting next Tuesday.

Councilor Cook is holding an Open House meeting on the ongoing park and flood control projects from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 5th at the 1st Floor Atrium in City Hall.  The gathering will have City Staff on hand to answer any questions citizens have about the project plans, construction impacts and what it will look like when it’s all done. 

The meeting format is informal and attendees will have a chance to talk one-on-one with those actually doing the work in the parks.  Although intended primarily to deal with disruptions caused by construction and why the projects are needed, Ms Cook says that citizens are more than welcome to ask about other community-related issues at the meeting.  Other issues could be the redevelopment of the Triangle shopping center, pedestrian safety on Ralston Road, neighborhood recreation for young people, a replacement for the Fisher Pool or any other subjects important to residents of her District.

When asked what types of questions people have been asking about the projects so far, Shelley Cook said that there were many, but some of the most frequent have been to do with

why so many trees were removed from the park,

why were houses built in the floodplain in the first place,

what recreational facilities will be included in the new parks,

what are the City’s plans for a new neighborhood swimming pool,

what are the project timelines and when will all the work be done,

what is being done to redevelop the adjacent Triangle shopping area,

and what will the Triangle look like when it is rebuilt.

“If you have questions like these, plan to attend!” she added enthusiastically.

There will a short presentation to address some of these questions at 6:30 pm during the Open House, but the rest of the meeting will just be an opportunity to look around and talk with City Staff and your City Council member.

As well as the City of Arvada, Tuesday’s gathering is being co-sponsored by the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community.  Readers who are not able to make the June 5th Open House, are invited to sit in on the CLRC’s annual organizational meeting. 

That meeting is being held on July 19th at 6:00 pm at the Arvada Community Food Bank at the site of the old library.  The CLRC is not a part of the City government, but the City has accepted the CLRC’s invitation to have staff members available to answer questions on the same subjects at the beginning of the July 19th meeting.  Look for further news articles on the CLRC’s annual meeting in early July.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

District 3 Arvada City Councilor Shelley Cook can be reached at 303-420-2589 or you can email her at cooksj@attglobal.net.

The City of Arvada itself puts out updates on the park’s construction progress from time to time on this web page:

http://arvada.org/parks-and-recreation/garrison-street-north-jeffco-park-renovation

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information online on its website at www.RalstonCommunity.org when it becomes available.  You can also go back through our archives and read past articles on the developments surrounding the parks.  Followers can friend us on Facebook to receive lead-in posts for our articles.  Our name is “Ralston Arvada.”

 John Kiljan, CLRC News: 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@yahoo.com

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