Dozens of people spoke out against the city’s plans, but the proposals got crucial approvals from council Tuesday.
Dozens of people spoke out against the city’s $78 million plan to build a greenway channel and convert part of the Park Hill Golf Club to stormwater controls in north Denver, but the proposals got crucial approvals after several hours of discussion by the Denver City Council on Tuesday.
Denver officials thought they had a deal, but now it’s hit a major snag. The city may turn to eminent domain to seize part of the course for flood control.
Denver officials thought they had a deal: They would pay about $20.5 million to acquire Park Hill Golf Club. They wanted to use the land for a flood-control project and potentially for parkland and mixed-use development.
However, they’ve hit a snag that could derail the deal. Now, Denver may try to forcibly purchase part of the land through eminent domain.
The cut is a crucial part of a flood-control system that will keep water from flooding north toward the National Western, I-70 and other low-lying areas.
The city of Denver is almost ready to build the 39th Avenue Greenway. City staff describe the project as a mile-long park that also will control flooding, while some local activists have long questioned the idea.
The project will create an “open channel” — basically a low, grassy area that will wind along from Steele Street west to Franklin Street, near where 39th Avenue would be.
Councilman Rafael Espinoza sought a delay in approving the contracts, but his motion failed 6-7, with Gilmore casting one of the no votes.
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.