March 20, 2019

Jacob’s Golden Update: Mountain Bike Skills Park and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: March 16, 2010

1. Mountain Bike Skills Park Gets the Green Light
2. Golden Vision Summit: March 23
3. Jackson Street Corridor: Additional Refinements
4. City Council Supports Renewable Energy Bills
5. 2010 Census Kicks Off
6. Shelton Elementary’s Big Heart
7. i-Neighbors: Beverly Heights
8. Jacob’s Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 8

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1. Mountain Bike Skills Park Gets the Green Light

City Council a couple of weeks ago approved a proposal to build a new mountain bike skills park at Tony Grampsas park (just east of N. Table Mountain).  The skills park should provide riders of all ages and abilities opportunities to ride and improve their skills.  The issue sparked a bunch of emails and a rare standing-room-only crowd at City Hall, mostly weighing in favor of the proposal.  It’s not the perfect site for a skills park; it would be nice if it were closer to downtown Golden, and it’d be ideal if we had a site that wouldn’t have any impacts on nearby property owners.  But it turns out we don’t really have a perfect site – all of the options have advantages and disadvantages – and City Council decided that on balance it was the best location and a good plan.  It’s not clear if Tony Grampsas will end up being the permanent home for the skills park, something we’ll decide over the next couple of years as we try it there and as we start working on a long-term master plan for the Grampsas park, but it should be a great addition to the community’s park amenities for now and wherever it ends up living for the long-term.

2. Golden Vision Summit: March 23

The Golden Vision 2030 project is an opportunity to update our vision for the community and the land use plan that helps make sure we move toward that vision.  What do you most love about Golden?  What changes do you like?  Which ones do you dislike?  What do you want Golden to be like in twenty years?  Golden Vision 2030 is your chance to help make sure we preserve what we love about Golden and make sure the changes are ones we shape and support.  On March 23rd we’ll be inviting everyone in the community to take the next step in charting a course for Golden’s future, using keypad polling to help answer some important questions about your vision.  You’ll also get to sample some great food from a variety of Golden’s best restaurants and watch a terrific ten-minute video compilation of stories by Golden residents about their relationship to the community.  The event runs from 6 – 9 p.m. at Golden High School.  Please contact Nancy York (nyork@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8096) for more information.

3. Jackson Street Corridor: Additional Refinements

At our meeting earlier this week, City Council made a few additional key refinements to the design of the Jackson Street Corridor project.  The basic project will reduce the number of lanes on Jackson (between 15th and 24th) from three to two, and replace that width with bike lanes and much-improved sidewalks (wider and safer).  We’ll also reconfigure the intersection where Jackson and Ford intersect (the weird diagonal southbound as Ford turns into a one-way street) and make some other pedestrian crossing improvements at other intersections.  It’s a critical corridor in Golden in part because of the high school but also because it’s the only relatively flat north-south connection, which is key for bicyclists (especially families and kids) and for folks in wheelchairs or who are otherwise less mobile.  Among the new refinements: 1) we’ll plant trees and include landscaping in the medians as much as is appropriate given the width and location along every block, 2) we will color the bike lanes to help keep cars in their own lanes (using a not-slippery-when-wet application), and 3) we will minimize the length of street where the bike lane runs adjacent to parked cars to help reduce the risk of car-bike (and car door-bike) collisions.  Look for work to begin later this year.

4. City Council Supports Renewable Energy Bills

City Council on Thursday night voted to support four key renewable energy bills currently in the state legislature, each of which has substantial implications for achieving our Golden Sustainability Initiative and for giving Golden property owners new options for installing solar panels and other energy investments.  One of those, House Bill 1, is sponsored by Golden’s own state representative Max Tyler.  The bill would increase the state’s “renewable portfolio standard” (the proportion of energy Xcel must produce from renewable sources) from the current 20% to 30% by 2020.  Xcel supports the bill, it has already passed both the House and Senate, and we expect the Governor to sign it later in the month.  Two of the bills would make it easier for property owners to access low-cost financing for renewable energy investments, allowing you to borrow the money at low cost and pay it back through a property tax assessment over ten or twenty years.  We are hopeful that at least one of these bills passes.  Finally, we are supporting the “solar gardening” bill that our Sustainability Advisory Board is particularly enthusiastic about.  This would allow groups of property owners (such as an HOA) to collectively invest in and use solar installations, known as “solar gardening.”  It isn’t currently legal to do this.  That bill recently survived a key committee vote.

5. 2010 Census Kicks Off

Many of you have by now received letters from the 2010 Census informing you that you’ll soon receive the official census questionnaire.  As you’ve hopefully heard elsewhere as well, the census is really, really important, since the count is the basis for all sorts of federal funding opportunities over the next ten years.  Incidentally, a number of folks apparently received letters with the correct street address and zip code but with the wrong city name (did you know you actually live in Arvada? Evergreen?)?  We immediately reached out to the Census folks and they’ve assured us that the count will be based on their maps and not the listed city.  We’ll watch this closely, and we should easily be able to tell if there is a problem (since we have a good idea of our population).

6. Shelton Elementary’s Big Heart

A few weeks ago I had the distinct privilege of participating in an amazing assembly at Shelton Elementary.  The reason: celebrating the school having raised more than $25,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti.  The kids themselves raised over $13,500, which the Hunger Douglas Foundation generously matched.  The teachers, staff, and parents at Shelton deserve real credit, but I especially want to call out the kids themselves and Shelton Elementary music teacher Stephen Nye (a recipient of the 2009 Mayor’s Award for Excellence) for coordinating the effort.  Shelton students have raised more than $50,000 over the past five years for a range of important charities as part of their Shelton Has a Heart campaign.

7. i-Neighbors: Beverly Heights

Councilor Marjorie Sloan, who both represents and lives in Beverly Heights, started a new Beverly Heights-oriented web site through the i-Neighborhood program.  Check it out if you live in Beverly Heights.  If you live somewhere else in town, you can create a new one for your own neighborhood as well.

8. Jacob’s Golden Blog Roundup

9. Other Upcoming Events

One great source for information about events in Golden is the www.golden.com web site.

  • Tree Sale, March 1 – April 5. For nearly two decades the city has sponsored an opportunity for residents to buy small trees at cost.  This year’s tree sale runs through April 5.  Call the city’s forester, Dave High (303-384-8141), for more information.
  • Golden Community Garden 2010 organizing meeting, March 18. This is a good meeting to attend if you are interested in having a plot at the Golden Community Garden this summer.  It starts at 7:30 pm at the American Mountaineering Center.
  • Senator Moe Keller’ and Representative Max Tyler host a Town Hall Meeting, Golden City Council Chambers (911 10th St.), March 20 from 10-11:30.
  • Representative Max Tyler’s Monday Morning Coffee, March 22, 7:30 – 8:30 am, Higher Grounds.
  • Golden Vision 2030 Community Summit, March 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Golden High School. We are wrapping up the story-gathering phase of the Golden Vision 2030 process and transitioning to the next one: understanding what all the stories mean about Golden’s heart and soul and preparing the actual Golden Vision 2030 document.
  • Golden History Museum Opening Reception, March 25, featuring the “Show & Tell” exhibit, live music, food and drink.  The exhibit includes more than 80 items from the City of Golden’s artifact collection, including tools from the town’s first dentist, a superb collection of Coors pottery, and the 18′ Foss Drug sign.
  • Anything Goes, Golden High School theater production, March 25-27. For more information contact Scott Hasbrouck (shasbrou@jeffco.k12.co.us).
  • Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concert, March 28. The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will feature the winner of its Young Artist Competition at 3 p.m. at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus.
  • Historic Preservation Board Applications due March 31.
  • 2010 Golden Sustainability Awards Nomination Deadline, March 31. The Sustainability Advisory Board is soliciting award nominations for students, individuals, businesses, and community groups.
  • First Friday, April 2 Historic Downtown Golden. A bunch of our downtown shops, stores, and restaurants are open late on First Friday, so it’s a great chance to shop, dine, and be entertained.  You’ll find treats, specials, and free horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting).
  • Golden Ethics in Business Awards, April 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Golden, Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce, and the Denver West Chamber.
  • Golden All-City Town Hall Meeting, April 14, Golden High School, 6 p.m.

10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 8

Our next city council meeting is a regular study session on April 8.  You can download the agenda and the full City Council Meeting Packet usually on the Friday before the meeting, as well as review minutes and videos of previous City Council meetings on the city’s web site.  The agenda also includes the following issues:

  • Consideration and a possible decision on Sustainability Code amendments (an update to the city’s site development code for building projects).
  • Planning Commission appointments.

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