In This Issue: WeCAN General Meeting - September 11; West Colfax Clean-up Day; WeCAN Running Club; GED, Spanish/ESL Classes; Denver Dog Park Master Plan; Conversations with Rafael Espinoza; West Colfax in the News
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live or own property in the West Colfax neighborhood.
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm, in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, 1400 Quitman Street.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community
Parks, Traffic, and Blueprint Denver: Growth in West Colfax
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

As the many cranes over the West Colfax neighborhood can tell us, big things are on their way to West Colfax. And with this growth comes more people. At this month's General Meeting we'll be looking how that growth is impacting our parks and traffic. Read more below in 'Next WeCAN General Meeting.'

Denver as a whole is growing, and Mayor Hancock recently put out a request to Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs), such as WeCAN, asking for feedback on the new Blueprint Denver Draft Plan. The WeCAN Board of Directors will be discussing this at our September 19 meeting; please reach out to us if you would like to be a part of the discussion.
Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

Next WeCAN General Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 6:00-7:00pm

6:00-6:10pm: Our Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, always starts our meeting by sharing recent crime statistics for the area, crime prevention tips, and is available to answer all your questions and concerns regarding happenings in the neighborhood.
6:10-6:15pm: WeCAN Announcements
  • Save the Date! West Colfax Clean-up Day is Saturday, October 6, 9:00am, 1400 Quitman St. Contact Diana at 303-550-9853 or to get involved or if you have project ideas.
  • WeCAN Running Club meeting every Monday, 6:30pm, at Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave. For the month of September, every time you run your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Seedstock Brewery T-shirt! 
  • Save the Date! At the WeCAN October 9 General Meeting we'll be hosting the House District 4 candidate forum. 

6:15-6:25pm: Alix Midgley, Community Resource Specialist at Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library. Did you know the library has a social worker? Come learn about the resources they offer.

6:25-6:40pm: Denver City Traffic Engineers will share a report on a recent traffic study along 14th Ave. with the possibility of stop signs being added at Raleigh, Tennyson, and Wolf. They also looked at traffic calming measures along Perry St. and where Perry crosses Lakewood Gulch at the Light-rail tracks. They will share these findings as well.
6:40-6:50pm: Heather Runkel, project manager for Paco Sanchez Park. Hear an update and timeline for Phase II of Paco Sanchez Park at 12th and Knox Ct.
6:50-7:00pm: The Soft Path around Sloan's Lake Park is getting an update. See the plan and ask your questions.
West Colfax Neighborhood Clean-up Day: Volunteers & Project Ideas Needed

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 9:00 AM.
Meet at Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.

Join with WeCAN and Extreme Community Makeover in a clean-up day in the West Colfax neighborhood. This is a great way to partner with your neighbors to:
  • clean up trash on the streets and alleys
  • remove graffiti
  • help neighbors with exterior home maintenance/improvement projects
  • build new relationships and make connections
Lunch will be provided. Projects are generally completed by 4PM, but you can come for a half day. Children of all ages are welcome to come with an adult willing to work with and supervise them.

Please contact Diana at 303-550-9853 or to discuss projects and get registered for the day.

Do you have a neighbor who could use some help on the outside of their home? If so, please let Diana know and we can contact them to discuss their needs.

WeCAN Running Club, EVERY Monday
6:30pm @Seedstock Brewery

The WeCAN Running Club will NOT meet September 3 as Seedstock Brewery will be closing early for Labor Day.

For the month of September, every time you run you'll be entered into a drawing for a Seedstock Brewery T-shirt! 

GED, Spanish/ESL and Citizenship Classes at Confluence Ministries This Fall
Registration begins September 1; Classes begin September 8.
For more information contact Juntos Aprendemos (Learning Together) at 720-580-1699 or

Denver Dog Park Master Plan:
2018 Technical Update

Denver Parks & Recreation is in the process of implementing a “technical update” to its current Dog Park Master Plan, which was completed in 2010.

Currently, there are more than 50,000 dogs registered in the City and County of Denver and 12 designated off-leash dog parks. Much like Denver’s human population growth, it’s expected that the number of dogs will continue to increase. To help alleviate the various issues that arise from an increasing dog population in a growing city, many municipalities are looking towards dog parks.Visit the project page to find more information and resources.

Take the survey to identify the public’s needs and priorities for current and future dog parks in Denver. Whether you’re a dog owner or not, Take the dog park survey now! Survey closes September 30th.

Conversations in the Community with
Councilman Rafael Espinoza

City Council District 1 Representative, Rafael Espinoza, hosts several Conversations in the Community every month. This is an opportunity to chat and ask questions of one of the West Colfax Representatives. Here is the schedule for September:

Friday, September 7th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, September 14th: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Just BE Kitchen, 2364 15th St.

Wednesday, September 19th: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street

Friday, September 28th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W 46th Ave.

For any last-minute schedule changes please check:

West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Get Off The Beaten Path With New Trail At Sloan’s Lake, CBS Denver, August 28, 2018.

Sloan’s Lake Park will get wider paths to accommodate tons of people moving in next door, Denverite, August 27, 2018.

Shape up at 3 New Denver Fitness Studios, 5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine, August 22, 2018.

Neil Patrick Harris To Visit Denver Next Month, CBS Denver, August 21, 2018.
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday September 11, 2018


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00-6:10: Denver Police District 1, Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:10-6:15: WeCAN sign-in and announcements

6:15-6:25: Alix Midgley, Community Resource Specialist at Rodolofo "Corky" Gonzales Library.

6:25-6:40: Denver Traffic Engineers, stop sign requests in West Colfax

6:40-6:50: Heather Runkel, project manager for Paco Sanchez Park

6:50-7:00: Soft path plan for Sloan's Lake Park
West Colfax
Events Calendar

September 2018

2  Broncos 7K and Broncos Fit Expo at Mile High Stadium and Sloan's Lake Park, 5:30am-4:00pm

10  WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave, 6:30pm 

*WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday!

10-14 Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

11  WeCAN General Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

17  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

17-21  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

19 WeCAN Board Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

22 Miles for Moms Annual 5k Run/Walk, Sloan's Lake Park, 7:30am


Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at our Events Calendar.

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at or call 303-578-6263 and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.
The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) acts as community stewards to connect neighbors with information, resources, and one another in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN brings awareness and a voice to issues facing our historic but fast-changing community, develops and leads award-winning sustainability and community-building projects, and works to enhance our neighborhood while preserving the unique character and diversity of West Colfax.
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