Denver’s first Better Block is coming to Denver. Better Block Jefferson Park will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 in the old business district of Jefferson Park— on 25th Ave, between Federal and Eliot.
The “Better Block” project is a community revitalization effort that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. For one day, the project will fill vacant storefronts, create pedestrian seating areas, provide landscaping and street furniture, redraw the street, provide live music, and more. Better Block aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that lead to permanent solutions for areas in Denver.
Cities around the U.S. are looking for tools to help redevelop communities that enable multi-modal transportation while increasing economic development, and reducing carbon emissions. The “Better Block” project is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the build out process and provide feedback in real time.
Walk2Connect's mission is aligned directly with this exciting event and I thought it would be a fun way for us to blend a fun and creative volunteering opportunity with a shorter (4 Mile) walk around the neighborhood.
OPTIONAL VOLUNTEERING (Set-up crew 7AM - 10AM): Please consider volunteering. If you have enjoyed your walking experiences it's events like these that tell our greater Denver and Colorado communities that on-foot access and care is important to us! I've held 8 spots (more are welcome) for Walk2Connect members to help in setting up/preparing some of the last minute tasks before the event officially starts at 10am. Set up, upkeep, and breakdown maintenance crew will be setting up the street, making sure things look nice during the event (including trash pickup and managing recycling), and breaking down the event.
What to wear for volunteering: casual nice clothes and comfortable, closed toe shoes. Setup and breakdown crews might be moving heavy furniture, so wear sturdy shoes. mid-day shifts wear sunscreen, bring hat and sunglasses. Bring water and snacks too.
***Please EMAIL ME at [masked] if you are interested in volunteering with us!
Walking Details (10AM - 11:30AM): RSVP YES if you plan to attend the walk and Better Block event which will go until 8pm. Please email me if you plan to volunteer as well. We will be taking folks on a nice and shorter (than our usual trips) 4 mile walk through the neighborhood hitting the Platte River trail and looping back to the event. We will arrive back at the event by 11:30 to listen to officials speak and to enjoy lunch and activities for the remainder of the event. CLICK HERE for route.
Terrain: (Urban & Foothills Trail) Mostly paved sidewalks/trails w/occasional gravel trail, alley and roadside. (optional grass and dirt as well)
Meeting Location: Volunteers will meet at 7am corner of W 25th & Eliot Street. Walkers only will meet at the same corner but at 10am.
Parking: Parking is a bit tricky here. You may want to park several blocks from the event and walk or take RTD public transit. Please email me at [masked] if you need help crafting your RTD route.
Share with friends! Please consider sharing this experience with your friends and family. Send them the link to our website (www.walk2connect.com) or to our meetup group! Share photos and quotes on your social media sites as we go along. Follow and like our pages on Facebook & Twitter as well!
- Comfortable socks & shoes (pref. NON cotton socks!)
- Light backpack w/water and snack foods (almonds, bars, fruit)
- Gloves, scarf, beanie
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen (and hat if you wear them)
- Bring many (thinner) layers depending on anticipated temperature and light rain gear just in case. I would avoid big/bulky winter coats as you will warm up once we walk and its way easier to shed/store light clothing.
These walks are very informal and give us all unique opportunities to connect with one another, ourselves and our surroundings. Feel free to visit my website walk2connect.com to read testimonies from a few people who are doing this already!