Denver, CO Government

Denver buys former La Quinta to help the unhoused

The Denver City Council has approved funds to help buy the former La Quinta at 3500 Park Avenue West. That hotel will help the city's population experiencing homelessness. The hotel has been used during the city's COVID-19 homelessness emergency response. With the funding, it will continue to provide shelter and eventually support housing for the next 60 years. The city council approved the $5 million contract with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The hotel has provided 103 rooms to those experiencing homelessness since April 2020. The plan for the Globeville site is to continue providing shelter through at least 2024. The long-term...
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Castle Rock may soon limit how much grass new homes can have in yards

Many of us have green grass in our front yards, and while it's very pretty, it's also very thirsty. Kentucky bluegrass uses about 19 inches of water per growing season. Now another community on Colorado's Front Range is looking at banning that grass in front yards. "We're moving forward with this because we think it's in the best interest of our community and our rate payers," says Mark Marlowe, Director of Castle Rock Water. Castle Rock will likely follow Aurora's example and limit where and how much cool weather turf can be used in new developments. "This is new homes...
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Denver tests direct cash assistance for people experiencing homelessness

There are several different types of programs to fight homelessness around the Mountain West, but a new initiative in Colorado is the first in the region to test direct cash assistance. Earlier this month, Denver City Council approved a contribution of $2 million to the Denver Basic Income Project, a...

Aurora opts out of state family and medical leave program

The Aurora City Council on Monday voted to opt out of participating in the state’s family and medical leave program, mirroring decisions that Denver and dozens of other local governments made. Deputy Director of Human Resources Jennifer Lorenzen said city staff recommended against participating in the Family and Medical...

Denver allocates $5 million for hotel for homeless

The Denver City Council on Monday gave the greenlight to allocate $5 million to help purchase a hotel that houses some of the city's homeless population. The money, which came from American Rescue Plan Act, will help a group deliver housing services after buying a former La Quinta Inn located at 3500 Park Avenue West. The hotel-turned-shelter has provided more than 100 rooms to homeless people since April 2020, the city said in a news release.

Get Outside: These Urban Hikes Provide Peace in City Life

When most think of hiking in Colorado, steep trails in Rocky Mountain National Park are more likely to come to mind than graffiti tours and walks around city parks. But locals would be doing themselves a disservice not to explore these areas, too. From cultural sites to leaf-peeping paths, picturesque...

Live Music: Sounds Good to Colorado Economies

Morrison’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold 505,312 tickets in 2007. That number soared to 1.3 million in 2021 and could top 1.5 million in 2022, according to Denver Arts & Venues. Over the last five years, out-of-staters bought 42 percent of tickets to Red Rocks shows. Those people book...

Check Out the New & Improved McWilliams Park!

Denver residents will be so happy to hear that the beloved purple dinosaur at McWilliams Park was kept in the update and refurbished to be better than ever! The rest of the playground was completely redone to include accessible swings, sandbox area and a fantastic new play structure. Take along a basketball or four square ball to make it a great day with friends!

Parker looks to relax lewdness laws and nudity allowances

The Town of Parker has taken the first step to changing ordinances regarding nudity after the town council recently gave preliminary approval to updating the rules. The topic was brought before the council because of an upcoming showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events, or PACE, Center. The 1975 film shows a woman’s breast.

Parker establishes first-ever youth commission

Nine Parker area teens have been chosen to represent the desires of local young people after the town council formed a youth commission Sept. 19. The students each needed to have at least some connection to Parker, either through living in the town, attending a local school or working somewhere nearby.

Denver area events

If you have an event taking place in the Denver area, email information to at least two weeks in advance. All events are listed in the calendar on space availability. Tuesday. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — 6:30 p.m., Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, $22.50. Tickets:...