Denver Direct: Can You Hear Me Now?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Proposed Policy for Parks Profit
You can watch the entire proceeding from Channel 8 here. Of course, if you have Comcast, you could have watched it live. But I have satellite TV, and it is, lamentably, not available.
What I’ve done here is cut the 2 hours into bite-size chunks of various speakers. I’ve eliminated most of the work of PRAB chairperson Darrell Watson, who did a masterful job of keeping the hearings on track, without unnecessarily squelching the angry La Alma crowd, which was there to protest what they perceive as the closing of their Center. Although the City says it is looking for non-profit partners to “transition” to (and as far as I can find out, none has stepped forward), their intent seems to be to save money by closing at least 3 recreation centers.
Although the hearing was called to discuss two issues, the Admission-Based Event Policy (ABEP), and the Civic Engagement Policy, Watson, seeing the large contingent of La Alma protesters, wisely allowed 15 minutes for their statements. In this post, I’m only including one, Dean Sanchez.
After the La Alma conversation was closed, the ABEP hearing was opened by Cathy Donohue, who, as always, makes the issue very clear. The proposed Policy would be in violation of the City Charter.
Next up, speaking against the Policy, is Dave Felice, (a contributor to this blog) and proprietor of www.SaveCityPark.org.
Larry Ambrose represents INC, a coalition of over 60 neighborhood groups, speaking against.
Speaking in favor of the Policy proposal, is Councilman Chris Nevitt, who fears Denver may be “leaving some money on the table”.
I’ve got to put up Steve Lang’s comments, because he says the hearings and listening sessions are “fake”.
If you still haven’t had enough, there are 5 more clips in a playlist on YouTube.
at 9:10 AM
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- The Soul (La Alma) of a Community
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- Note From Ken Gordon (Updated 12-6-09)
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