(DENVER) – January 14, 2010 – Let the restoration begin!
The Civic Center Conservancy and Denver Parks and Recreation hosted an information session on January 14, 2010 to kick off Civic Center Park’s eagerly anticipated Better Denver bond projects aimed at restoring the 90+ year-old Greek Theater, Voorhies Memorial, and historic balustrades. Mayor John Hickenlooper, City Council President Jeanne Robb, Manager of Parks and Recreation Kevin Patterson and Civic Center Conservancy Executive Director Lindy Eichenbaum Lent joined the project team to discuss the restoration process, project timelines, and what to expect in Civic Center in the months ahead. The event, held in the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium, attracted 100+ community members.
The City and County of Denver’s $550 million dollar Better Denver Bond Program was passed by voters in 2007. The Better Denver Program grew from the vision and stewardship of Mayor John Hickenlooper, civic leaders, staff, and citizens who challenged the Denver community to imagine a city with enhanced infrastructure and facilities to add to our quality of life. This funding is enabling the renovation and construction of roads, libraries, parks, hospitals, public safety facilities, cultural amenities, and other city facilities. The improvements are being implemented over five years through 2012, with most scheduled for completion by 2011. More than 280 projects are included, over half of which are in construction or are completed. The City is accelerating as many of the projects as possible in order to stimulate the local economy and help to preserve and create jobs.
For more information on Better Denver, please visit www.Denvergov.org/betterdenver.
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About the Civic Center Conservancy
The Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping restore, enhance and activate Denver’s historic Civic Center Park. Located at the crossroads of government, culture, commerce and community, Denver's Civic Center Park is a historic 16-acre urban oasis with a spectacular architectural backdrop that serves as the region's premier public gathering space.
About Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 138-year history from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 15,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. It embraces nearly 3,000 acres of “traditional” parks and parkways, 2,500 urban natural acres and close to 8,000 acres of urban forest within the city alone.