It Was Fun While It Lasted: Pong Island Got Paddled by Parks & Rec

CCHN Members,
A family in our community donated their ping pong table to the island at Williams and 4th and “Pong Island” was born. Members of our neighborhood and many others walking through CCHN enjoyed the chance to stop, play a few games and enjoy our beautiful area. Sadly, Denver Parks & Rec gave the family 48 hours to remove the table, arguing that they were unable to mow the island. The following article was published about the story in the Westword last week, for those wondering what happened to this neighborhood gem.


The tip was top-secret. “Have you heard about Pong Island?” asked my source. “It’s incredible, but you can’t write about it. That would ruin it.”

I stayed mum, but the secret escaped anyway. And Pong Island was sunk, given 48 hours by the city to disappear or be disappeared.

The pandemic has sparked creativity and community in all kinds of ways. In Italy, residents of adjacent apartment complexes stood on their balconies and joined in song. In Denver, two people decided to start howling at 8 p.m., and that sound echoed from Cheesman Park around the world. A few blocks away, at East Fourth Avenue and Williams Street, a homeowner decided to put a ping-pong table in the middle of a traffic island in a very residential area, equip it with paddles and balls, and nail up a sign announcing the sudden existence of Pong Island.

Tom Filippini had grown up playing ping-pong in suburban Chicago with his brothers. “Ping-pong was our go-to,” he says. Once he was living in the 400 block of Williams with a family of his own, he got an all-weather ping-pong table and set it up alternately in the backyard, the basement and even the driveway, back in the days when you could invite your neighbors over to invade your space.

But there hadn’t been much call for table tennis in his household as the pandemic dragged on, and with spring finally moving in, he had a brainstorm: He’d put the ping-pong table on an empty traffic island just down the block, where it would create a diversion for his neighbors and “be put to more frequent and better use than it was at our house,” he recalls thinking. “I sort of latch onto these ideas, and maybe I take them a little too far, but this would be a really interesting lesson in humanity.” And he’d execute the idea anonymously, creating a QR code — “I learned that from all the restaurants during the pandemic” — for sign-ups and comments. “We wanted to keep it on the DL as a community amenity,” he explains.

He enlisted his children in the stealth campaign, and waited for “the opportune moment to make our strike.” It came early one Sunday morning about three weeks ago, when he and his daughter — the only child who proved willing to get up — started rolling the table down the driveway. “It was so loud, and it was so quiet at four in the morning,” he recalls.

Still, no one stirred, and they were able to set up the table and nail up the Pong Island sign — purchased on Etsy — and get back home without anyone noticing. One complaint, Filippini promised himself, and he’d remove the table.

But no complaints came. Instead, the community did. “Every time I pulled around the corner, someone was playing,” he marvels. Neighbors used the QR code to sign up, and to talk about how much they enjoyed the table. One woman noted that since a paddle was broken, she’d ordered some new ones on Amazon.

“I wanted to create community,” Filippini recalls. “I had no idea it would actually play out the way it would. It was such a simple thing, but it brought people together…from all walks of life.”

In a way, he says, it made him think about how “ping-pong diplomacy” had helped China and the United States resume relations four decades ago.

But even Henry Kissinger couldn’t win a game against the toughest opponent on Pong Island: Denver bureaucracy.

As the city’s mowing season finally got under way — delayed by snow, then rain — a Department of Parks and Recreation crew discovered Pong Island, with its illegal sign, illegal table and illegal fun. Ironically, players had been having so much fun that there was almost no grass left to mow.

Even so, on May 11, park ranger Matthew Paul posted a notice on the table that the “personal items” would have to be removed from public property by 5 p.m. May 13, or they would be confiscated. He also used the QR code to leave a comment with the same warning.

Filippini saw it and broke his anonymity. He identified himself as the perpetrator to the city, and asked for a stay of execution. He alerted the players who’d left email addresses along with comments on the site (one of them my source, whom he’d never met) that Pong Island’s days were numbered. “It seems there are bigger fish to fry in Denver parks than a ping-pong table, but hey,” he wrote. “It was fun while it lasted ????…”

He shared some of the comments with the city.

“This is amazing! Thank you!,” one neighbor had written.

“What a wonderful gift to the neighborhood! We love ping pong and will do our part to respect and maintain this happy diversion. THANK YOU for having this brilliant idea, putting it together and providing a simple joy for all to share.”

“Had so much fun playing today! Thanks for setting this up!!”

“Love Pong Island! I live in the neighborhood and have played and enjoy the fact that I’ve seen so many people playing. What a great idea.”

“Thank you for this amazing set up. My husband and three boys are looking forward to some serious tournaments this summer.”

“Pong Island is amazing! So glad we found it and played two games. The world needs more of this. Thank you!”

Filippini had hoped that these sentiments would score points with Parks and Rec, but the city still found Pong Island out of bounds.

“We want people to get out and enjoy the parks,” explains Deputy Manager/Parks Scott Gilmore. “They’re busier now more than ever.” And because of that, the city has to play by the rules.

In order to keep the parks safe, early on during the pandemic, the department had pulled down basketball hoops and removed tennis court nets in an attempt to keep people from congregating and ignoring social distancing guidelines. “But everything’s back up now,” Gilmore says. “The parks are fully open, and rec centers are trying to get back on line.”

And city crews are going out to mow Denver’s 6,000 acres of parkland, including that little triangular travel median that had been dubbed Pong Island. Although Filippini suggested that he’d be willing to move the table for the mowers — no mention of the fact that the games had killed off the grass, anyway — Gilmore says that wouldn’t work. “We just don’t allow individuals to drop things in the park,” he explains. “I appreciate him doing something positive. If I allowed one group to do it, though, then I’m going to have stuff in every park. It would be chaos.”

And so Pong Island was sunk. When Filippini returned home from work on May 13 (a pilot, he’s in the aviation business), a city crew was getting ready to take the table. Filippini took it back to his house. “I’m ready to roll it back down there,” he promises..

But as far as Gilmore is concerned, the game’s over. He suggests that players head to the Carla Madison Rec Center at 2401 East Colfax Avenue, which has four ping-pong tables outside, as well as a climbing rock and “all these types of outdoor activities.”

Or, he notes, “there are plenty of big yards in that neighborhood. Put it in your front yard.”

Not on a traffic triangle. “There are some things I just have to say no to,” Gilmore explains. “Everybody’s mad at me for something.”

One of those things? The fact that a decade ago, a rich resident who lived in a big house on the Fourth Avenue Parkway, right by Pong Island, was allowed to put a sidewalk up to the front door of his pricey home despite the fact that his front yard was really a city park. Maybe the ping-pong table should go there, one neighbor suggests.

Others wonder why the city is so eager to get rid of ping-pong when homeless encampments are popping up all over the city. If that table was a tent instead, Pong Island would still be in business, they say.

In the meantime, though, the spirit of Pong Island keeps bouncing along.

A couple of days after he moved the table back home, Filippini was driving through the neighborhood when, a few blocks away, at Fifth and Columbine, he saw that a ping-pong table had been put in a driveway between the sidewalk and the street, in what looked like a copycat attempt to coax out the community.

“It’s created a movement,” he says.

Match to Pong Island.

Swarm of Bees

Call the state swarm hotline at
1-844-SPY-BEES (1-844-779-2337).
Otherwise, call your neighbor Kathleen at (3) 898-3900.
Let’s find those girls a good home! 

Councilman’s Corner

Chris Hinds

Happy Spring, Country Club Historic Neighbors!

Spring this year feels even more special as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to lift. We’ve been up to a lot since I wrote last, and if you want a deeper dive into the work my office has been doing for all of District 10, I hope you sign up for our monthly newsletter at denverperfect10.com/signup.

One lovely sign of the pandemic lifting is that our libraries are starting to re-open! There will still be out-door service options, like curbside pick-up, but you can now visit inside Ross-Cherry Creek with COVID precautions in place. Thanks to our library staff who kept us with reading material during the darkest months of the pandemic.

I also want to give a huge thank you to constituent Chaun Powell and the other Country Club neighbors who quickly put together a virtual town hall meeting with Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, Mayor Hancock, Denver’s District Attorney office, and me to discuss February’s serious security matter. Several homes in Country Club were broken into – including while families were at home. Mr. Powell jumped into citizen action mode after his own home experienced a break-in. He helped organize a large virtual meeting – with over 100 attendees – so neighbors could discuss and get advice on what they could do to keep safe. The good folks from Denver Police District 3 discussed basic safety, how to start neighborhood watch and, the best part, they believe they caught the perpetrator within a week, thanks in part to help from all of you.

There have been several police-related policies to help our officers have more time to devote to the prevention of these crime issues. Unfortunately, during the pandemic we saw a rise in crime around the country in addition to other concerning issues – like homelessness – that frequently involve police time and attention. The STAR program and co-responders are two of the ways we’re working with social service providers to ease the burden on our police. We’re seeing very positive results from this approach and, with the lifting of the pandemic, we are encouraged that crime rates will decline and that we can help Denver’s unhoused with more appropriate outreach. That will free the police to focus on matters that really require a police response.

When spring arrives, you might be thinking of spring cleaning. Our friends at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure are getting ready to start sending out street sweepers. Did you know in 2020, Denver street sweeping crews swept 163,385 lane miles and collected 57,479 cubic yards of dirt and debris? That’s a lot of material that otherwise ends up polluting our air. Thank you, DOTI street-sweeping crew, for helping us keep Denver’s air clean.

Speaking of streets, keeping them free of snow is a big operation in Denver. And, we saw some serious white stuff during the big mid-March snow event! If you are curious about how DOTI prepares for and responds to snowstorms, have questions about how to safely shovel, remove snow from trees, need bike riding tips, and, especially important to me, how to report sidewalks and curb & gutter that needs to be shoveled, there is a ton of great material on DOTI’s snow webpage. There’s even a live plow tracker that you can watch. Just search “snow” on Denvergov.org.

If you don’t have the ability to clear your sidewalk and curb & gutter, Denver has a great volunteer program called Snow Angels that can help. And, if you have a bit of extra time and can aid someone in need during a snow event, Snow Angels would love your help. You can find more about Snow Angels on DOTI’s snow page.

As the weather warms, we’ll be seeing a lot more folks walking, biking, and rolling around. I recently brought in some yard signs that remind folks to “Drive Like Your Dog Lives Here” featuring a certain Council Dog. If you’d like a free sign, contact my office.

Speaking of activity in the streets – did you happen to catch Director of DOTI, Eulois Cleckley, speaking about both the 5280 Trail and Shared Streets during the District 10 Cabinet in the Community meeting in late February? You can view that meeting recording, including a presentation about how we’re addressing homelessness, at Facebook.com/DenverPerfect10.

To keep up with all the work we’re doing, I recommend signing up for our monthly newsletter and checking out denverperfect10.com, which features weekly, up-to-date blog posts and information items from city departments.

Happy Spring!

Neighborhood Crime / Security Update

After a series of home intrusions and burglaries throughout late February, over 100 participants joined a video conference on March 3rd organized by CCHN resident Chaun Powell to address security within CCHN. Our neighborhood residents joined Mayor Hancock, Councilman Hinds and his team, and many members of the Denver Police Department. (the “DPD”).
An arrest was made in early March and the DPD shared their gratitude for all who contributed video and photo evidence that allowed them to string together details to charge the individual with five different felonies.
The goal of the March 3rd video conference was to debrief on recent events, provide the good news about the arrest, and create the following plan of action:
1. Public Support of Increasing Funding for the DPD
Denver City Council allows public comment during a portion of each of their monthly meetings. Councilman Hinds shared that virtually all public comments through March were proposals to decrease funding for the DPD. Here are some statistics to justify the rationale for an increase in funding
– Denver’s population has grown 20% since 2010
– Since January of 2020, crime rates are on the rise (Overall crime rates are up 26%; Auto thefts are up 53%; Property Crimes are up 14%).
– The DPD is staffed with the same number of officers since 2012.
Chaun Powell spoke at the March City Council meeting in support of increasing funding for the DPD. If you wish to participate and submit your opinion, please do so by submitting comment at https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Denver-City-Council/Public-Input/General-Public-Comment. If accepted, you may also provide your input over a video platform so you are not obligated to be in person.
There is a subgroup of residents interested in better understanding the upcoming legislation around property crimes and penalties for criminals. The current processes call for release in 4 hours on a PR bond. Future legislation is likely to change this to property crimes resulting in citations rather than arrest. We will share findings once we have more information.
2. Neighborhood Watch and CCHN Security Email List
CCHN has launched a formal neighborhood watch program and is seeking volunteers to act as block communicators should we have reason to waterfall any communications. If interested in being a volunteer, please email cchnsafety@gmail.com. We would ideally like a volunteer from every block between Speer and 6th and Gaylord to Marion. We are attempting to schedule another meeting with Officer Borquex from the DPD on April 28th from 6 to 7pm.
We are also creating a list of CCHN members that would like to be notified of specific security issues within the neighborhood. Please email cchnsafety@gmail.com to be included in the security and safety specific emails and use the same email address to report any security issues that come to your attention. Please remember, if you have any emergency or active situation (i.e. someone present in your house or car), call 9-1-1.
3. Identify Other Means of Increasing Security
The CCHN Security Committee is also actively investigating the following means of increasing security for our residents: (i) installing Motorola license plate recognition cameras that communicate in real time with the DPP, (ii) increasing the cadence of decreasing the speed of HSS patrols, (iii) closed video networks throughout CCHN. The CCHN Security Committee understands that many of these measures have implications on cost and privacy and will be working with the city to ensure that the path forward is legal and cost effective.
Thank you to our residents for your commitment to keeping our great neighborhood safe! We all have a role in this important responsibility and will continue to vigilantly work to keep CCHN a safe and vibrant community.

Historic Resources Study and Inventory Project to Begin Fall 2019

The Country Club Historic Neighborhood gateways at 4th Avenue and Franklin, Gilpin and High Streets are historic treasures within our community. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will embark on a study this fall of all historic structures in Denver, including the gateways. We hope this study will bring attention to their current state.
The initial phase of the study will inventory, evaluate, and classify historic buildings, monuments, gateways, and miscellaneous features. It will also include a preliminary condition evaluation of priority and/or endangered resources to ensure that no features or historic fabric are damaged or lost before further assessments and treatments are performed. Future phases will include a more detailed condition assessment, treatment recommendations and maintenance protocols for long-term preservation. The goals for the first phase of the work (anticipated to be completed by next spring) are outlined here.
Study Goals
• Create a comprehensive inventory of designated and known significant resources (parks and features) using readily available data
• Within the inventory of designated and known significant resources, identify high priorities and conduct reconnaissance reviews to define baseline conditions, assess integrity, provide general preliminary treatment needs and assist in setting treatment priorities
• Identify additional significant historical, cultural, and architectural resources (parks and features) within the DPR and DMP system using readily available data and based upon the current NRHP period of significance
• Define the DPR and DMP periods of development to assist in determining eligibility of parks and features outside the current period of significance
• Create a classification system of historic resources (parks and features) to assist in management of historic resources across the DPR and DMP systems. i.e., eligible for National, State, or local historic designation, important but not eligible, etc.
• Inform future planning and maintenance decisions within DPR
• Inform future condition assessments of individual parks and features
CCHN hopes to share more information about the results of the study as information becomes available.

Letter From District 10 Councilman Chris Hinds

Happy Fall!
It’s been three months since I took office in Denver’s Perfect District 10. We’ve been busy getting oriented and meeting with a lot of you. I organized our office with three Aides helping to cover three distinct District 10 areas to cover a lot of District 10 territory. Our response time has been getting faster and faster. To date, our office has handled just shy of 200 constituent cases!
Here are just a handful of items you could find on the District 10 calendar:
• City Agency Speed Dating: We got a 10-minute intro to 35 different Denver departments and agencies where we met leadership, learned about organizational structure, were told about funding needs and issues, and who to reach out to when our constituents need help.
• 5280 Trail: This is a project I’m proud to champion. It’s great for District 10. More coming soon.
• City Contracts 101: Though City Council has a strong bully pulpit, the real authority of Council is over two areas of the City – approving contracts and passing legislation. While Mayor Hancock has our ear, City operations fall under the Mayor’s purview.
• Lobbyists: Whaaa? We met with several paid and unpaid lobbyists on various issues such the implementation of 5G cell towers and scooter safety, enforcement, and rules and regulations respectively. Both cell towers and scooters proved to be two of our first incredibly contentious issues.
• Developers: Whooo? It’s no news to you all that there is a lot of development happening across Denver, and quite a bit is in the Cherry Creek area. These meetings are important because we can help the community stay up to date on the latest information, and can reiterate issues around development that are important to all of you. Two priorities I make sure developers know that I’ll be looking out for are 1) the important relationship between land use and transit infrastructure and how development will address it, and 2) that development shouldn’t happen TO neighborhoods, it should happen FOR Perfect 10 neighborhoods.
• Transit Demand Management systems will be vital in helping Denver address the potential for hundreds of thousands of cars arriving with the new Denverites over the next 20 years. I’m supportive of alternatives that make it easy to forgo the automobile.
• Staff meetings: Each week we have two staff meetings that are an hour and a half long. It takes at least one hour to go over all our scheduling requests and event invitations. The rest of staff time is to talk through District office projects and trickier constituent issues….like those that might require mediation.
• Mediation: Sometimes constituents can be so passionate about multiple sides of an issue that we call in Denver’s mediator to help facilitate a productive conversation.
There is so much more I’d love to share with you and I look forward to doing that during your annual meeting. Teresa St Peter in our office has just started working with CCHN on several traffic calming concerns in Country Club so we’ll have an update on those when we see you next. In the meantime, please drive safe and watch out for our kids, who are back in school and going to be out and about on Halloween.
Sincerely, Chris

Update on Parkways and Beautification

When the founders of the Denver Country Club (formerly Overland Park Club) purchased the 120 acres for the Club in 1902, they also formed the 4th Avenue Realty Company and acquired additional land to the north for housing development. William E. Fisher was hired to establish the layout of the project. His design incorporated a series of landscaped parkways from 1st to 4th Avenues along Franklin, Gilpin and High Streets, expanding green spaces within the City of Denver.
Today these parkways are managed by Denver Parks and Recreation as part of Denver’s urban park system. Because they are an important asset for our neighborhood, representatives of the CCHN Board work closely with the Operations Supervisor of Parks & Recreation to protect and maintain these historic parkways.
Concerns about the condition of the parkways were raised this year by several CCHN residents. CCHN President Diane Woodworth-Jordon and I met with the Parks Supervisor to establish a plan to rejuvenate this aging landscape, which incorporates lawn, shrubs and trees. Acting quickly on the plan, Parks & Rec has already redefined the tree rings and shrub beds and will mulch these areas in the spring, when they will plant replacement shrubs.
The lawns have been aerated and over seeded. This winter, Denver Forestry will prune trees. Tree replacement is on a rotating schedule by zones throughout the City. This part of Denver isn’t up for replacement for a few more years. We are working with Forestry to maintain a list of trees to replace. Also on the winter schedule is resetting of the remaining concrete “Dragon’s Teeth” placed at the north and south ends of each parkway so that they stand upright.
Parks and Rec has asked all residents to call 311 if they see sprinkler issues or fallen trees in the parkways. They also request that residents not put their own broken branches or trees in the parkways for cleanup. There aren’t enough funds or personnel to handle park debris after a major storm, so removal of residential trees and branches needs to be the responsibility of the homeowner.
When Spring 2020 arrives, the parkways of Franklin, Gilpin and High Street should be bursting with new growth and again beautify the neighborhood.
If you have interest in being part of our neighborhood beautification effort, please contact our neighborhood president for more information about how you can become involved.

Break Ins / Be Aware

Sadly, there was a break-in on Vine Street yesterday early evening (5 PM). Someone walked through a gate and busted through a back door of one of our neighbors.

Please be aware of any strange vehicles or behavior in our neighborhood and promptly call police. Alternatively, you can call our security company who – if on patrol – will swing by. Their number is ‭(303) 603-3090‬. Please use your home alarms at ALL times.

Letter From Wayne New

Over the past several years, the City has been growing tremendously with development projects in many areas. This exponential increase in residential, office, and retail development can especially be seen in the Cherry Creek North (CCN) area with over 20 projects completed or underway. This growth and excessive development within a relatively small area comes with imposing impacts on existing retail and neighborhoods, especially if not controlled and managed properly.
In the past year, with 10 projects underway, the following major problems in the Cherry Creek North community could have a direct effect on the Country Club Historic neighborhood as construction continues on the west side of the Business Improvement District or BID:
(1) Construction workers parking in metered spaces that are needed for retail customers and parking throughout the neighborhoods in restricted areas;
(2) Trucks carrying construction material traveling through and parking in the neighborhoods;
(3) Partial and full street closures to allow the expansion of constuction sites; and
(4) The City allowing construction to occur without considering impacts to retailers and residents, the lack of enforcement which is needed to mitigate problems and the concern for pedestrian safety.
Over the past year, I have worked with Public Works on the following improvements:
(a) The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has provided 250 parking spaces at minimal cost for construction workers;
(b) Parking Enforcement has been urged to recruit additional enforcement staff to ticket violators such as construction workers using resident and retail parking;
(c) Right of Way has been constantly encouraged to monitor the inappropriate use of bagged meters; and
(d) My staff and I have constantly communicated with Public Works and developers to supervise construction workers and minimize impacts on the community.
Even though efforts have been made to mitigate problems, Public Works and construction support has been insufficient. In order to address the problems, the CCN Business Improvement District, CCH and CCN neighborhood leaders and I have proposed the following key improvements to be implemented as Public Works regulations or as a City Council Ordinance.
1. Excessive Construction and City Enforcment Staffing – When excessive construction projects occur in a given area, Public Works Right of Way and Parking Enforcement staffing must be increased to manage construction impacts more effectively.
2. Proper Notification on Meter Bagging, Street Closures, and Construction Schedules – Since Public Works Permitting, Right of Way, and Parking divisions have not communicated effectively with each other and with businesses and residents, bi-weekly construction meetings are proposed. This will ensure all parties are aware of pending construction project impacts on the community and provide the opportunity to address those impacts before they occur.
3. Partial and Full Street Closures – Partial and full street closures to expand construction sites should not be allowed. Closures should only be allowed for legitimate activities that will have safety concerns to the public.
4. Pedestrian Sidewalks – Closed sidewalks must be replaced by covered, waterproofed, and lighted walkways.
5. Damage to Streetscape and Streets – Construction projects should be responsible for repairing streetscapes and streets to their original condition and appearance. These repair costs should not be paid by taxpayers as is the present Public Works practice. If repairs are required, the cost should be considered a cost of construction.
6. Parking Plans – Parking plans for construction trucks and workers must be developed, evaluated, and approved prior to receiving building permits. If offsite parking is necessary, developers must facilitate and insist on worker conpliance.
7. Parking at Alley and Intersection Entrances – Entrances at alleys and intersections should be properly marked to provide safe vehicle sightlines for customers and residents, and regulations must be diligently enforced to ensure compliance.
8. Parking District – A parking district, which is common in many cities, should be developed to (a) manage parking operations and enforcement; (b) enhance permitting communication for construction projects; and (c) improve everyday traffic management in the business area and neighborhoods.
These improvements have been presented and discussed with Public Works. If improvements are not addressed by regulations, then a City Council ordiance will be proposed to implement the improvements on a citywide basis. This is not only a District 10 problem but one that is citywide, with other areas of the city suffering with some, if not all, of these construction issues.
The new Public Works Executive Director, Eulois Cleckley, has been receptive to changes, which will be addressing our recommendations in the near future. Progress on these improvements will be communicated to you. I welcome your comments and suggestions.
The complete listing of issues and recommendations is found on our District 10 website at https://goo.gl/4FrcVu

Wayne New, City Council, District 10

Chuck Warren

It is with deep regret that we announce the recent passing of Chuck Warren, founder of CCHN.


Services/Reception:
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8th at St. John’s Cathedral at 11 am, with a Celebration of his Life to follow at the Denver Country Club.

In Lieu of Flowers:
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Denver Zoo, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation or The Park People.

Obituary (Charles Lyon-Campbell Warren (April 26 1926 – July 29, 2018)
Charles “Chuck” Warren passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 29th surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma Josephine “E.J.” and children Diana Warren, Robin Warren Buckalew and Charles Warren, Jr.

Chuck spent his boyhood in Fort Collins, CO where his great grandfather homesteaded in 1866. After graduating from high school in 1944, Charles served for two years in the Navy as an Electronic Technician. After his service, Chuck returned to Colorado to continue his education, earning a degree in Business Administration from University of Colorado in 1950. That same year, he married the love of his life, Emma Josephine Palmer. After graduating from CU, Charles was hired by Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, where he worked as a stockbroker for 20 years, completing his career with the firm as Vice President.

Ever the student of life and academics, Chuck went back to school in the 1970’s, earning a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Denver in 1973. Upon the death of his father in 1978 he took over as president of the Moody Warren Company, a company incorporated by his grandfather in 1912, and actively managed the farms in Northern Colorado owned by Chuck and his sister Anne Denig.

His extraordinary early success provided him with an opportunity to retire early and focus his energy on many philanthropic endeavors. He contributed to nearly every philanthropic organization in Denver, with a particular interest in environmental and humanitarian causes, as well as arts and cultural organizations. His many accomplishments in the charitable sector included serving as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) from 1985 to 1988, setting the stage for successful passage of SCFD, which is now a model for cities around the country! In addition, he was a founding member, and Lifetime Trustee of The Park People/Denver Digs Trees, leading one of it’s first projects to restore Denver’s Civic Center Park and its Greek Amphitheater. He was a member and frequent chair of numerous nonprofit boards, including The Denver Zoo, The Denver Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, just to name a few.

Chuck also loved to travel, something which he and his beloved wife E.J. shared with a myriad of friends. He was a sports and music enthusiast, both as participant and as spectator. He was very involved with the University Club’s Twelfth Night Show, as a songwriter, performer and leader of the 12th Night Show band, playing drums for 64 continuous years! In addition, he played with several other small combos that developed among fellow musicians.

More than anything, Charles L. Warren had a zest for life in all its dimensions. He worked to make the world a better place and inspired people to be involved. The comfort, care and advice he provided for his friends and family was a model of devotion. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

As published in the Denver Post

Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program

A meeting will be held on August 11 for residents of our neighborhood to hear information about the sidewalk repair program.


The City of Denver is implementing a new program which affects our neighborhood. Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program is addressing sidewalks, citywide, that are damaged, uneven, or sloping excessively. Denver Public Works has identified 11 sidewalk regions by grouping neighborhoods into roughly comparable areas, and will begin by addressing one region at a time, using criteria based on community feedback gathered in the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan. The Country Club Historic Neighborhood is located in Region 1 which is the first region that will be addressed.
Per city ordinance, Denver property owners are responsible for the repair and maintenance of sidewalks adjacent to their properties. To help with the repairs, the City will offer extended repayment assistance and affordability discounts for property owners who qualify. The City is also authorizing less expensive repair methods not currently allowed, such as patching and grinding.

Program Implementation
In 2018, Denver Public Works will begin formal inspections at properties in Region 1, including the neighborhoods of City Park, Congress Park, Cherry Creek, Country Club Historic Neighborhood, Cheesman Park, Speer, Capitol Hill and North Capitol Hill. Public Works will contact property owners whose sidewalks are in need of repair and provide additional information on repair requirements, estimated costs, extended repayment, and affordability programs, including extended repayment assistance and affordability discounts for those who qualify. Adjacent property owners will need to correct violations on their own or can choose to have Public Works complete the work based on a set fee schedule.

Public Informational Meeting on August 11
You’re Invited: Public Meeting Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. — Noon
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Residents and property owners are encouraged to attend. Program staff will be available to provide information about the program and answer
questions. Free entry to meeting room.

Additional Information
Additional information regarding this program can be found at HERE.

GO Bond Funding Projects Finalized

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

On Monday, August 14th, the General Obligation (GO) bond measures were unanimously approved by the City Council for referral to the November ballot. These seven measures encompass transportation and mobility projects, city-owned cultural facility improvements, a new outpatient care center at Denver Health Medical Center, safety facility projects, Denver Public Library improvements, city-owned facility improvements and parks and recreation projects. The package of infrastructure in-vestments includes 460 projects valued at $937 million, with the largest percentage of the bond dedicated to the city’s biggest challenge: transportation and mobility.

Below are the seven GO Bond measures and a few of their key projects for District 10 and/or citywide.

Transportation and Mobility Systems
Twenty-five transportation projects valued at $431 million that include investments in pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks; multimodal roadway improvements; and street repairs and repaving.

– District 10: Colfax Bus Rapid Transit – $55 million; Colfax Street Improvements – $20 million; Broadway Corridor Multi-Modal Improvements – $12 million
– Citywide: Sidewalk Construction – $30.7 million; Deferred Maintenance for Streets – $101 million

Cultural Facilities
Six projects valued at $116.9 million to improve facilities at arts and cultural centers.
– District 10: Denver Art Museum Expansion – $35.5 million; Denver Botanic Gardens – $18 million
– Citywide: Denver Zoo – $20 million; DCPA Bonfils Theatre Complex Upgrades – $19 million

Denver Health & Hospital Authority
The addition of a new outpatient care center.
– Citywide: Denver Health Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center – $75 million

Public Safety System
Six projects valued at $77 million, including building one new fire station and repairing run-down police and fire stations citywide.

District 10: District 6 Police Station Replacement – $25 million
Citywide: District 5 Police Station Replacement – $17.3 million; New Fire Station at 72nd & Tower Road – $16.1 million

Library System
11 library system renovations valued at $69.3 million.
District 10: Central Library – $38 million
Citywide: Ross-Broadway Library – $2.3 million; Eugene Field Library – $2.1 million

Parks and Recreation System
18 parks projects valued at $151.6 million, including repairs and improvements at existing recreation centers and parks and the construction of a new recreation center to serve West Denver.
District 10: Congress Park Pool Reconstruction – $8.3 million; Civic Center Greek Theatre
Improvements – $4 million
Citywide: Neighborhood Park Improvements – $15 million; Recreation Center Improvements and Renovations – $8 million

Public Facilities System
Two projects valued at $16.5 million.
Citywide: ADA Projects/Corrections – $10 million

The city began the GO Bond process in 2016 by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the enhancements they want in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. With six public meetings, a map-based online tool, City Council engagement and comment cards located at libraries and recreation centers, the city received more than 3,000 investment ideas.

Please review these infrastructure improvements for the city. For more information about the bond process or to view the final project list, please visit www.denvergov.org/2017GObond

Spring 2016 General news

Street sweeping begins in April, so please mark you calendar to avoid the costly tickets that will be handed out if you fail to move your car. Our neighborhood street sweeping occurs the first week of every month, with the specific day dependent upon the side of the street your home is on. You can also visit https://www.denvergov.org/pocketgov/#/ to sign up for email and text alerts.

• CCHN Annual Dues can now be paid online at countryclubhistoric.org or by downloading a membership form from the website and mailing a check to:
CCHN
191 University Blvd. #514
Denver, CO 80206

Our dues are completely voluntary, and at $195 per year are also the lowest among Denver and surrounding area neighborhoods. Please consider making an extra donation to our beautification committee so we can keep our neighborhood colorful!

Street paving to begin later this year Many of our streets are in desperate need of repair, and the city has acknowledged this need. A firm date has not been set, but the work is expected to be completed this year. More information will be provided in the coming months.

• Security in our neighborhood One area that is funded by your neighborhood dues is security. Provided by HSS, security vehicles patrol our neighborhood 4 times a day most of the year, and 6 times during the summer months. Their primary role is to act as a deterrent to theft and other criminal activity. But if you’ve ever left your garage door open, you’ve probably received a call from the on-duty patrolman letting you know. If you are concerned about suspicious or potentially criminal activity in our neighborhood, please call 911.