Tis the Season for…Random Acts of Kindness?

By Candice Kinchelow, Green Valley Ranch HOA Inspector
 

Happy New Year GVR Residents! Whew…we made it to another year! It’s that time of the year that many of us make New Year Resolutions. We want to lose weight, quit smoking, become financially secure, travel more, and so many others could be added to this list. Most of the time these New Year Resolutions are what we could use for ourselves alone. What would happen if we tweaked our resolutions just a bit? What would our lives look like if we lived a little less for ourselves and more for others? How would the end result play out in our personal lives? Have you ever thought about making random acts of kindness as one of your New Year’s Resolutions…and even putting it at the top of your list? Better yet; making it a lifestyle! 


Some of you may have heard about Zoey. She is an adorable 6 year old girl in our community who took it upon herself to gather needed items to homeless veterans with pets. Even at such a young age, she gets the concept of selflessly helping others. I think this shows outstanding character! We could all take a little something from Zoey. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are; rich or broke-there is always something we can do to extend generosity. 
 

We all have busy lives, schedules, and sometimes there are situations that make us unable to financially support others to the extent we would like to. You do not have to have endless time and lots of money to make a difference in someone’s day. Saying hello to someone in passing, asking the clerk at the grocery store how their day is, or paying for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. These are simple (and sometimes free) examples to be generous on a day-to-day basis. No matter what our current situations are, we can always find time to make someone smile. 
 

I want to give you something to chew on while making your list of resolutions. Consider making kindness a day-to-day routine. Let’s resurrect the old saying, “treat others how you would like to be treated”. We may not always get a “thank you” in return, but it’s not about that. If we are truly doing this from the goodness of our hearts, then we need not look for something in return. It’s a genuine concern for others; you never know what the smallest acts of kindness could do in someone’s life. Here is to a happy, healthy, and kind driven New Year GVR! 
 

We would like to hear about your random act of kindness. Post a photo or comment on the Green Valley Ranch Citizens Advisory Board Facebook page. Daily there is something devastating in the media. Let’s bring some light into this, let it go viral and contagious! Or if you have been a recipient of a random act of kindness…please post it!

Get your New Denver Bike Map! It’s FREE!

Navigating the City on Two Wheels is Easier than Ever

 

DENVER, CO — There’s a new bike map now available in Denver, giving residents and visitors a latest look at the city’s bicycle program! The map shows the city’s off-street trail system as well as its robust network of on-street bike facilities, including another 39 miles of bike lanes and sharrows that have been added since the map was last updated in 2012. Denver Public Works transportation planners also made the new map simpler and more compact, including helpful biking information such as:

 

·         Rules of the road and courtesy on trails

·         Useful accessories for riding

·         Signaling left and right turns

·         How to load your bike on the bus and train

·         A guide to Denver’s green bike markings and what they mean

 

Residents can download a bike map off the city’s web site at www.denvergov.org/bikeprogram and the new maps will be available around town starting this week at libraries, recreation centers, and through BikeDenver.

New Station and Transit-Oriented Development

New Station and Transit-Oriented Development
Added to East Rail Line

PEÑA BOULEVARD STATION TO SERVE NEW MIXED-USE TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT AND NORTHEAST METRO COMMUTERS

Denver, July 16, 2015 – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is adding a new station to its East Rail Line, which will open in the spring of 2016 connecting downtown Denver’s Union Station with Denver International Airport (DIA). The Peña Boulevard Station, located at 61st and Peña Boulevard will be the sixth eastbound stop on the trip from Denver Union Station to the airport. The travel time from downtown to DIA will be 37 minutes with trains running every 15 minutes during peak times. The travel time from 61st and Peña to DIA will be approximately five minutes.

“This new station provides a convenient access point into RTD’s regional rail system for commuters and other riders from the growing northeast metro area,” said David Genova, RTD’s interim general manager and CEO. “This improvement would not have been possible without our long-term partnership with Denver, its airport team and the landowners, who worked together to create an asset that will significantly benefit the region.”

The station will include the train platform, a public plaza and an 800-car parking lot that is funded and operated by DIA. The station will be accessible from Tower Road and will serve as the catalyst for the 400-acre transit-oriented development named “Peña Station”, strategically located near DIA.

The transit-oriented development (TOD) is planned as a sustainable mixed-use development of office, hotel, retail, multi-family and healthcare commercial real estate. This master-planned, mixed-use transit community is bordered on the south and west by permanent open space. It will have direct access to the hiking and biking trails of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge to the west via a pedestrian trail below Peña Boulevard.

“The transit oriented development at Peña Boulevard Station validates the Mayor’s vision of an Aerotropolis: the airport serving as a catalyst for regional economic development around its perimeter,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “Airports around the world are increasingly using development opportunities to enhance the economic benefits to their airports and their communities and while many are ahead of us, we are now well on our way.”

As a result of the new station and corresponding community development, the northeast metro community will experience numerous benefits including:
• Improved public transit and regional access
• Additional work force housing in proximity to the Northeast Metro Areas’ two longest employment centers, DIA and Fitzsimons 
• Significant employment opportunities in proximity to the surrounding residential areas
• Additional amenities for surrounding Denver communities: parks and open space, public plaza, trails - including access to the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge and Open Space west of Peña Boulevard

At Peña Boulevard Station, four property owners, including DIA and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. came together to jointly plan and entitle their properties. They also agreed to an overall finance plan to fund all of the initial infrastructure. Fulenwider will act as lead developer for the TOD.

“This rail stop, anchored by the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company headquarters facility, will create a unique smart sustainable transit-oriented development which will set the stage for the next generation of transit-oriented developments in North America,” said Cal Fulenwider, President of L.C. Fulenwider Inc.

The first tenant of the development will be the 112,000 square-foot headquarters facility for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. With Panasonic’s involvement, Peña Station will be developed as a global showcase of public/private development. It is designed to be a smart, sustainable community that reflects the true live-work-play community envisioned by Mayor Hancock for the “Corridor of Opportunity” between DIA and downtown.

The community, developed in partnership with Panasonic, will be patterned after Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, which they developed in Japan. The Sustainable Smart Town aspires to blend nature and cutting edge technology into an “Eco and Smart” lifestyle.

Further, it will be great example for the world to see how Denver and its partners have worked together to utilize the strength of the airport to generate economic growth and job creation while also creating a stronger community.

Work on the Peña Boulevard Station is underway and will be complete for the opening of the East Rail Line in the spring of 2016. Construction of the Panasonic facility will begin in October and will be complete by the end of 2016.

Mosquito Information and Protection

Summer is here and with the warm weather comes mosquitoes. Denver Environmental Health’s (DEH) Mosquito Control Program uses an approach designed to keep mosquito populations at a safe level. This includes monitoring and treating mosquito populations; trapping, counting, and testing adult mosquitoes for West Nile Virus; and partnering with neighborhood organizations and other land owners to assist in controlling mosquitoes. DEH monitors mosquito presences is over 60 sites in the city and larvicides (kill mosquito larvae) in known problem areas. 

How to protect yourself and family from mosquito bites and West Nile Virus:

Prevention and Control

-Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn

-Wear protective clothing like pants and long sleeves when outdoors

-Wear mosquito repellent containing lemon eucalyptus oil, DEET, picardian, or IR3535 Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

-Frequently remove standing water form containers, tires, birdbaths, gutters and buckets in and  around your yard

-Do not overwater your yard, as it can create standing water in gutters and storm sewers.

-Properly maintain fountains and swimming pools to ensure circulation, or drain and cover if not in use.

Mosquito-Proof your home

-Install screens on windows and doors.

-Make sure roof gutters are not clogged and holding water.

-Incorporate xeriscape (non-watered landscaping).

Visit www.denvergov.org/Mosquito for additional information and larvicide locations map and mosquito trap counts. 

Education is the first step. DEH has many educational materials available. For more information, contact Doug Kelley at 720-865-5455.

The THREE Metro Districts

In 1983 three metropolitan districts were created to provide a framework of major streets, water and sanitary sewer lines, drainage, open space and operation and maintenance services. The GVR Metropolitan District is located SOUTH of GVR Blvd (48th) and the Town Center as well as the First Creek Metropolitan Districts are located NORTH of GVR Blvd. The land owners found that there was also a First Creek metropolitan district just outside of Denver (north of 56th West of Tower) in Adams County, it was then renamed The Ebert Metropolitan District. 

Wait... What is a Metropolitan District anyway?

metropolitan district is a special district that provides two or more types of improvements and services. Services typically provided by Districts including: Parks and Recreation, Residential areas, Commercial areas, Sanitation Sewer and Storm Water Improvements.

 

Okay, so which Metro District do I live in?

The Town Center Metropolitan District-
 994.2 acres at the northeast corner of Tower Road and GVR Blvd Including the Golf Course.

Ebert Metropolitan District-1,120 acres containing all of section 14 and the East half of section 15, plus portions of sections 22 and 23. 

Green Valley Ranch Metropolitan District- south of GVR Blvd. 

Please see out "Contact Us" Page for more information on how to contact your specific representative. 

 

A brief history of Green Valley Ranch

The Green Valley Ranch area was originally a prosperous farming and ranching community with the farmers producing agricultural products, including meat, milk and produce, to supply the growing Denver, and later Aurora, municipalities. One of the earliest residents was Mr. Ebert who homesteaded land in 1868. He assembled a large ranch with property on both sides of 56th Avenue. By 1898, family members owned about 1,400 acres of what was to become the original Green Valley Ranch.

It is an interesting fact that for 28 years (1886 to the early 1900's) a narrow gauge railroad, the Colorado Eastern Railroad, ran a daily train along 56th avenue to a coal mine just a couple miles southeast of Picadilly Road. The track was constructed to carry coal to smelter in Denver but over time passengers became the main reason to continue operations. 

The modern history of the area started in 1973 when Green Valley Ranch was annexed by The Builder Group and became the City and County of Denver. The Alpert Corporation acquired much of the land, put together a master plan for the property and started their development in 1981-82.

Want to know how we became three different Metro Districts? Check out our next story...

 

 

Denver Agencies Warn Dog Owners about Dangers of Leaving Pets Unattended in Hot Vehicles

As temperatures across Denver are expected to hit 90 today, Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and Denver Public Works are teaming up to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles.

 

Since the beginning of the year, DAP has received 152 calls regarding dogs left inside vehicles during extreme temperatures. Leaving your pet in an overheated car could result in a summons for animal cruelty, which can result in a fine of up to $999 and/or a year in jail.

As a reminder about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles during the blistering heat, Denver Public Works Right of Way Enforcement Agents will distribute flyers and keep an eye out for pets left unattended in hot vehicles while on patrol.

 

“The best way to keep your pet safe during the blistering hot temperatures is to leave your pet at home,” says Sgt. Stephen Romero of Denver Animal Protection.

 

DAP offers the following tips for protecting your pet from the heat:

  • Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up beds. Hot metal can burn paws, and exposure to the direct sunlight can be just as harmful as being left in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Ensure pets are groomed. Long-haired pets are more susceptible to overheating.
  • Avoid excess exercise with your pet when it’s hot outside.
  • Be mindful of hot pavement that can burn your pet’s feet.  
  • Provide adequate shelter from the elements. Denver city ordinance requires that pets have adequate outdoor shelter such as a dog house, porch area, or a similar structure that allows an animal to escape the elements. Failing to do so could result in a fine of up to $999 and/or a year in jail.