LOOK: A vigil for doomed trees at City Park Golf Course

Activists held an end-of-life vigil for doomed trees, a somber protest that marks a new dimension for activism around this project.

Christine O'Connor (left) and Bridget Walsh carry candles into City Park Golf Course to leave memorials for doomed trees, Oct. 29, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) city park golf course; protest; trees; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; skyland;
Christine O’Connor (left) and Bridget Walsh carry candles into City Park Golf Course to leave memorials for doomed trees, Oct. 29, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As dusk fell on Sunday evening, a handful of Denverites who oppose the City Park Golf Course redevelopment plan gathered to mourn for the 230 trees that are marked for removal. They lit candles despite blustering winds and carried flowers to the doomed trees, some of which are very large and old. Construction on the course is set to begin on Nov. 1.


Denver judge won’t stop $40 million City Park Golf Course flood control project

Judge David Goldberg found no issue with the fact that the flood control project would benefit the I-70 expansion.

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City Park Golf Course. (Goshen Carmel for Denverite)

The city of Denver is ready to start rebuilding City Park Golf Course as part of a controversial flood-control project starting on Nov. 1. A judge in district court has refused to stop the project.


Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore’s husband works for Parks and Rec, so should she have voted on the golf course contracts?

Councilman Rafael Espinoza sought a delay in approving the contracts, but his motion failed 6-7, with Gilmore casting one of the no votes.

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Denver City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore at a meeting. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A former Denver City Council member has filed an ethics complaint against Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore after she voted against a delay in several contracts related to the renovation of City Park Golf Course to accommodate floodwater. Stacie Gilmore is married to Scott Gilmore, deputy executive director for Denver Parks and Rec, a position that is a mayoral appointment.


Your guide to the I-70 expansion lawsuits

CDOT director Shailen Bhatt told I-70 opponents that it’s “the American process” to sue, and they have taken him up on that challenge.

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Underneath the I-70 viaduct near Josephine Street, April 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Federal Highway Administration gave its approval in January 2017 to the widening of I-70 through northeast Denver, but community groups are still fighting hard to stop the expansion. At a meeting in Elyria-Swansea in February, CDOT director Shailen Bhatt told opponents that it’s “the American process” to sue if you don’t like a decision — and they have more than taken him up on that challenge.

There are four lawsuits playing out in local and federal courts that touch on the project in some way, two of them focused on a related drainage project, Platte to Park Hill, and two of them focused on air quality issues and the impact to the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood through which I-70 runs.

Here’s what you need to know:


Golf course lawsuit won’t stop Denver City Council from approving golf course contracts

Contracts to reconfigure City Park Golf Course are likely to be approved Aug. 14. A lawsuit to stop the project goes to trial Aug. 21.

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City Park Golf Course (Kevin J. Beaty)

Update: Denver City Council voted 10-3 on Monday, Aug. 14, to approve all three contracts. Council members Rafael Espinoza, Paul Kashmann and Debbie Ortega voted no. Council members who voted in favor of a delay and then in favor of the contracts said defeating the contracts would not stop the I-70 expansion and would amount to granting the plaintiffs an injunction that the courts have not granted.


In two weeks, there will be a trial about the use of City Park Golf Course for stormwater detention. In one week, Denver City Council will vote on — and likely approve — two contracts worth $51 million to design and construct the flood control project that plaintiffs allege violates the city charter.