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D76428845482291187258792007629D1 Hearing Summary


Date Nov 19, 2021      
Location HCR 0112

5280 Trail - Committee Discussion Only

02:30:41 PM  
Councilman Chris
Hinds, representing District 10 for the City and County of Denver, talked
about the 5280 Trail.  Councilman Hinds indicated that the trail is
a 5.28 mile loop around the city for pedestrians and bikes.  He shared
the vision of the project: to convert select streets for pedestrian and
bike use, connect neighborhoods, and provide for safe travel around the
city.  Councilman Hinds indicated that the State Capitol is included
on the trail, along with Coors Field and multiple parks.  He shared
that the Downtown Denver Partnership created the $7 million project that
will be funded by a bond package approved by voters to provide for a full
build out of the trail on Acoma between 10th and 12th Avenues.

02:37:03 PM  
 Andrew Iltis,
representing the Downtown Denver Partnership, provided additional information
about the history and vision of the project.  Mr. Iltis provided a
presentation about the project timeline and how the project proposes to
change the community (Attachment B).

02:42:43 PM  

Mr. Iltis said that the trail is meant to connect culture, monuments, and parks and discussed how the Capitol is integrated into the trail.  Hi stated that signage and stencils will be installed nearby.  Mr. Iltis also talked about use of the parking circle for additional purposes.  He stated that $160 million total is needed for the project, with $8.25 million committed thus far.

02:48:54 PM  

There was a discussion about the target audience for the trail, as well as use of the west side of the Capitol for protests and gatherings.  Several committee members talked about this use perhaps not being compatible with pedestrians and bicyclists. The members suggested the possibility of moving the trail to the east side of the Capitol.

02:51:26 PM  

There was a discussion about the master plan and parking, especially the eventual recommendation to remove parking, as well as signage.

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