In This Issue:  Paco Sanchez Park, GO Bond, Local School Principals, School Supply Drive, Lakewood Gulch Safety & Homeless Outreach, West Colfax Clean-up Day, Conversations with Councilman Espinoza, Pedestrian and Trails Public Meeting, Slot Home Evaluation Open House
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors(WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live, work, 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

Paco Sanchez Park Breaks Ground & the Denver GO Bond Includes $1.9 million for West Colfax Transit Improvements

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

WeCAN was excited to be a part of the Paco Sanchez Park Groundbreaking Ceremony in August. Read our blog, see pictures, and watch videos of the day here. And stay tuned for more information about what is coming to Paco Sanchez Park by following our Facebook & Twitter pages @WeCANDenver.

More about what is coming to Paco Sanchez Park can be read in the Denverite article, 
Renderings of the $9 million plan for Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park show “adventurous” new features.


Coming to the WeCAN October 10 General Meeting, information about the GO Bond. Denver City Council recently approved a preliminary $937 million bond package for projects around the city, which will need to be approved by voters this November. The bond includes $1.9 million for transit improvements along West Colfax Ave. Learn more about what this bond could mean for the West Colfax neighborhood from the West Colfax Business Improvement District.

Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick & Leah Rounds

WeCAN Co-Presidents

 Meet the Local School Principals at the September 12 General Meeting 

Come meet the Principals of four of the Denver Public Schools in the West Colfax neighborhood. Each principal will have a chance to introduce themselves and share a little information on their school. Come learn what schools within walking and biking distance have to offer.

Cheltenham Elementary
Sandra Beruman, Principal at Colfax Elementary
Rebecca Marques-Guerrero, Principal at Lake International School
STRIVE Prep - Lake Campus

WeCAN School Supply Drive

WeCAN will once again be collecting school supplies for Colfax and Cheltenham Elementary at the September 12 meeting. Bring you donations and we will distribute them to the schools. Any and all donations accepted, especially: #2 pencils, erasers, kid-sized scissors, mini white boards, dry erase makers, crayons, and markers.

Lakewood Gulch Safety & Homeless Outreach Panel at the September 12 General Meeting

Many neighbors are concerned about the homeless population along the Lakewood Gulch in West Colfax. At our September 12 General Meeting we will host a panel discussion on the many challenges the homeless face, the safety issues they present along the gulch, and how affordable housing can play a roll. There will also be time for Q&A from all the panelists.

Panelists include:
Meg Mullen, Chief Development Officer for the Colorado Coalition of the Homeless

Denver Police Department, Homeless Outreach

Paul Lopez, Councilman in District 3 

Rafael Espinoza, Councilman in District 1
Save the Date: West Colfax Clean-Up Day is Saturday, October  7
Volunteers & Project Ideas Needed


Saturday, October 7th 9:00 AM.
Meet at Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.
Join with WeCAN, Confluence Ministries 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:
  • complete exterior home repair or improvement projects for a neighbor in need
  • clean up trash on the streets and alleys
  • remove graffiti
  • 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 Dietvorst at 303-550-9853 or to volunteer or make suggestions on projects for the day. 
**If you know someone in the neighborhood who could use help with the exterior of their home or their yard, please let Diana know.**

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 1: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2139 W 44th Ave.

Friday, September 15: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @Ashland Recreation Center, 2475 W Dunkeld Pl.

Friday, September 22nd: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @Cherry Bean Coffee, 4059 Tejon St.

Thursday, September 28th: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.@Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W 46th Ave.

The West Colfax neighborhood is represented by Councilman Espinoza in District 1 and Councilman Lopez in District 3. Please reference the map to see who your Denver City Council Representative is!

You are invited: Second Round of Pedestrian and Trails Public Meetings
As a part of Denveright and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, the City and County of Denver invites you to attend this second round of public meetings to examine costs, funding options and policies needed to achieve the community’s vision for a walkable Denver and a world-class trail system.
The closest meeting location to West Colfax will be held Sept. 5 at Skinner Middle School, 3435 W. 40th Ave., 5:30-7:00pm.

The Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan aims to improve walkability in Denver and to create a world-class trail system.This will be the first plan dedicated specifically to improving pedestrian and off-street trail experiences citywide. Ultimately, the plan will include a prioritized guide for improving Denver streets and crossings for people walking and providing trails that are appealing for both recreational and transportation purposes.
Slot Home Evaluation
Community Open House

5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 7
Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania Street, Denver

After hearing from the community about their concerns with slot homes, city planners have developed several potential strategies based on evaluation of zoning tools, task force discussion and public input. Your feedback and suggestions are critical to the success of this project, which will result in a text amendment to the Denver Zoning code in the spring of 2018. See the attached flier for event info and visit for more on the project.
The next General Meeting is:
September 12
1400 Quitman St.

6:00-6:05p: WeCAN Announcements

6:05-6:10p: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:10-6:25p: Local School Principal Introductions

6:25-7:00p: Lakewood Gulch Safety & Homeless Outreach Panel Discussion

West Colfax
Events Calendar

September 2017


1     Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, @Common Grounds Coffeehouse (2139 W. 44th Ave.), 9:00-11:00a

1    Rocky Mountain Showdown, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 6:00p

3   Broncos 7k Health & Wellness Expo, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 8:00a-1:00p

 4    WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 6:30p

*The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday.

5    Pedestrian and Trails Public Meetings, Skinner Middle School (3435 W. 40th Ave., 80211) 5:30-7:00p

7    Slot Home Evaluation Community Open House, Colorado Health Foundation (1780 Pennsylvania St.), 5:30-7:30p

11-15    Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

12   WeCAN General Membership Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00p

15    Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, @Ashland Rec Center (2475 W. Dunkeld Pl.), 9:00-11:00a

17    Broncos Game, Sports Authority Field @Mile High, 2:25-5:30p

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

18-22 Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

20   WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, Confluence Ministries, basement (1400 Quitman St.), 6:00-7:30p

20    Blueprint workshops by Denveright, Scheitler Rec Center (5031 W 46th Ave.), 5:30p

22    Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, @Cherry Bean Coffee (4059 Tejon St.), 9:00-11:00a

29    Conversations in the Community with Councilman Espinoza, @Smiley Branch Library (4501 W. 46th Ave.), 4:00-6:00p

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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