Denver park permits should focus more on customer satisfaction, auditor says

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Ferril Lake in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Parks and Recreation focuses too much on volume and hours instead of people when it’s giving out picnic permits and other space rentals, according to a new report from the city auditor.

“We appreciate that the existing performance measures are ‘output’ oriented, tracking the number of permits issued and the hours that the various sites are used,“ said Auditor Timothy O’Brien.  “However, we’d like to see Parks also track whether permits were issued efficiently and whether permit applicants were satisfied with the process.”

What $349,990 buys you in Denver and three other real estate markets

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The interior of 233 Osceola Street. (Courtesy of Redfin)

Last week, about 40 percent of homes that sold in Denver went for less than $350,000.

It’s a price point that covetable here since at least one report says Denver metro single-family homes now have a $400,000 median sale price. Is the grass actually greener on the other side? Here’s a look at real estate in Denver and three other cities.