|Sent on:||Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:06 AM|
You will probably be seeing this quite a lot over the next few days or weeks. I am not familiar with what is and what isn’t, but I know that every city does set aside land as Open Space, which means it is protected from development. I am passing this along as a Public Service. If you live in or near the area, you should find out what is happening, decide what you feel is right, and do it.
In Their Service,
Attention Pagan Community:
This is a “Shout Out” to all the unwashed hordes. I’m talking Druids, Heathens, Witches, OTO’s, Dawnies, Rens, Trekkies, Time Travelers, Native American, and anyone else that sees Mother Earth as their spiritual guide.
We got ourselves a situation here in SouthEast Denver next to Babi Yar Park. The City of Denver h
as decided to take Hentzell Park Natural Area and build a school.
If this was a formally designated Park rather than a Natural Area then by Denver City Charter 2.4.5 they would have to hold a vote by law. But the city says “well it’s a natural area and that’s not a park, so we can do what we want.” Folks, we’ve got to stop this shenanigan here and now or they’ll be coming to take more and more of our irreplaceable park lands.
This land has been a space utilized as a park by the people of Denver since 1927.
By common law that makes it a park. And we got lawyers willing to fight the good fight alongside
us without charging us any money to prove this point.
You might ask yourself if we don’t build a school then that would be bad right? The city hopes
that you will fall for this trick. If they don’t build a school at Hentzell Park Natural Area, I promise you they will find someplace else to build it. The benefit here is this land is free, and they think free land is best. So in the meantime, they are busy divvying up the plunder.
Well here’s what’s at stake. We have a prairie dog colony that has been living in peace and
they have their little prairie dog town in the Natural Area. The city plans to euthanize them.
They are our Keystone species and what supports the wildlife here.
Hentzell Park Natural Area is a Great Horned Owl nesting ground. On Mother’s Day, I was gifted
with the opportunity to get a photograph of a baby Great Horned Owl who had
wandered out of her nest. She is our mascot and we are looking to give her a name.
Mom was frantic to say the least. On Samhain they send out their love calls and in the spring,
we can hear them twrring to each other with their newborn chicks.
There is Beaver Colony, and my are they busy. Tree’s gnawed everywhere. I have a walking
stick that I treasure with beaver chomp marks. A pack of coyotes, and they’ve just had their pups. Hawks of every variety, and we have eagles nesting in nearby Cherry Creek Reservoir.
I need your help to lob some cannon balls at the city. Cause I don’t care for them pirates
taking our natural space. How about you? We need petition circulators in a big way.
We want a chance to vote on this issue and reverse their decision by law, if it be the will of the
people. We have 30 days to get signatures and get this on the November ballot.
As a priestess of the Goddess then I am most distressed at what is about to happen to the wildlife here.
Please contact me and we can talk about what can be done to help. ASAP
President, Friends of Denver Parks
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