Initiative 300 would change how the city’s public spaces are used, allowing public camping for an indefinite period of time in City of Denver spaces, including these locations in Lowry:

Sunset Park (maintained by LCMA, land is right-of-way owned by City of Denver)

Crescent Park (8th Ave)          

Great Lawn Park (Lowry Blvd)        

Bayaud Park (Bayaud, Quebec east to Fairmount)

Uulanbataar Park (6th Ave)    

Lowry Sports Park (Lowry Blvd)      

Jackie Robinson Field

Montclair Rec Center & adjacent open space                        

Schlessman Library

Kelly Road Dam & Open Space (11th to Lowry Blvd, Uinta to Yosemite, adjacent Great Lawn)

Westerly Creek Dam & Open Space             

Lowry Dog Park        

All Alleys in Park Heights area of Lowry (owned by City of Denver)

All Lowry Residential and Business Tree Lawns (grassy strip between sidewalk & street)

All Lowry Sidewalks                         

6th Ave Median (Quebec east to Uinta)

5th Ave Median (adjacent to Stanley British)            

Most Walls & Monuments around Lowry

Roundabouts on Lowry Blvd            

Walking Paths            

Bike Trails

Denver InterNeighborhood Cooperation provided neighborhoods with more information:

Denver InterNeighborhood Cooperation Initiative 300 Presentation
City Attorney on Initiative 300 Impact

October is for Celebrating Halloween *and* Safe Communities

The Denver Police Department has information on their website on how to prevent Neighborhood Crime.

Landscaping: The LCMA has guidelines for good landscape maintenance that also make our community safer.  For example, keep trees trimmed to provide eight feet of clearance from sidewalks and streets.  The Denver Police Department (DPD) also recommends that you keep bushes trimmed to six inches below windows and three feet from doors.

Lighting and Timers: Motion activated outdoor lighting is very effective in deterring crime. In addition, lights on timers in your home help to set a schedule of activity that is consistent even when you are not present. Leaving porch lights on or having landscaping that incorporates lighting is also recommended. DPD has an extensive list of suggestions around the use of lights, timers, and even radios to deter unwanted activity.

Doors, Windows & Garages:  Close and lock doors and windows when you’re away and when you’re home. Making sure that your deadbolt locks meet the criteria for being effective. For window and sliding glass doors it is recommended that you use an additional locking mechanism to ensure security. Keep garage doors closed when not present, even if you only leave for a few minutes. In addition, DPD recommends that garage door openers be removed from your vehicle if your vehicle is parked in front of your home but not in the garage.

House Numbers: The LCMA requires clearly, legible house numbers on the front of the home and, if you have an alley-facing garage, on the garage. DPD also recommends them so emergency personnel can find your home.

Vehicle Safety:  Keep vehicles locked at all times and don’t leave valuable items inside.  If you park your vehicle in your driveway, make sure it is well-lit or use motion-activated lighting.

Please visit the Denver Police Department’s website for more tips and tricks on crime prevention!

04 Apr 2015

Lowry Tree Guide

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Spring has sprung and we’ve got everything you need to know about maintaining, removing, replacing and planting trees in Lowry.  Lowry homeowners are required to prune their trees regularly, especially the trees in the tree lawn, to promote an attractive and shady street and sidewalk canopy, and to replace dead trees in their yards and tree lawns.  Did you know that there are species of trees that the City of Denver doesn’t allow to be planted?  It’s that time of year for tree pruning / replacement letters to go out to homeowners, so read on for instructions…

General Tree Information

Removing, planting or replacing any tree on your property (front, side or back yards) or in your tree lawn normally requires the submission of a Design Review Request.  To streamline the tree replacement process, the LCMA’s Buildings and Grounds Committee has suspended this requirement for the summer for tree replacements (same location) with an approved species (see list below) if an email is sent to mary.carr.lowry@gmail.com notifying the LCMA of the replacement.

All new trees shall be a minimum of 2.5 inch caliper at the time of installation; evergreen trees, which are permitted in yards, but not in the tree lawn, should be a minimum of six (6) feet tall. Trees shall not be planted within a utility easement.

The following tree species are prohibited in the Lowry Community and by the city of Denver in tree lawns OR private yards:

  • Any species of poplar (Populus) (exception: Aspens are permitted)
  • Any species of willow (Salix)
  • Box Elder (Acer Negundo)
  • Siberian Elm (Ulmus Pumila)
  • Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum)
  • Freeman Maple (Acer X Freemanni)
  • Ash (Fraxinus)
  • Walnut (Juglans)
  • Sunburst Honeylocust (Gleditsia Triicanthos Inermis)
  • Bradford Pear (Pyrus Calleryana ‘Bradford’)
  • Mulberry (Morus)
  • Russian Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia)
  • Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima)

Tree Maintenance

Trees must be maintained and regularly pruned so as not to obstruct pedestrian traffic, sidewalks, alleys or the street.  The city of Denver requires tree lawn canopies to be at least 8’ in height when branches extend over streets, sidewalks or alleys.

Generally, deciduous trees need pruning every three to four years.  Regular pruning helps create a beautiful street canopy throughout Lowry and keeps trees healthy.  Trees should also be sprayed for infestation of boring insects or the like if necessary.

You can get more information about trees and tree care by contacting a certified arborist, your local nursery or the following websites:

Trees in the Tree Lawn

The tree lawn is the area between the sidewalk and the street, usually landscaped with grass.  Although the city of Denver owns most of Lowry’s tree lawns, they are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to maintain.  There are also special rules related to tree lawn trees, including what kind of tree you can plant there.  Please make sure that your tree lawn trees are pruned to promote an attractive shade canopy AND that they are pruned so that there is eight feet of clearance from the sidewalk and street.  Both the LCMA and the City of Denver Forestry Division inspect area tree lawn trees to make sure they are being maintained properly.

Removing, planting or replacing a tree in the tree lawn (area between the sidewalk and the street) requires the advance approval of the City of Denver Forester who can be reached at (720) 913-0651 or forestry@denvergov.org.  Planting a tree in the tree lawn also usually requires utility locates which can be requested by calling the City of Denver at 311.  Tree lawn trees that have died must be replaced as soon as the weather permits replanting.  Generally, the removal of healthy tree lawn trees is prohibited by the City of Denver Forester.

In the tree lawn, there must be thirty-five feet between trees and trees must be thirty feet from the curb at intersections, ten feet from alleys, driveways and fire hydrants and five feet from water meters and pits.  The city of Denver does not permit conifer species (e.g., spruce, pines, juniper, redcedar, fir) to be planted in the tree lawn.

The following are acceptable species of trees for planting in tree lawns:

Oak

  • Chinkapin Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • English Oak
  • Burr Oak
  • Shumard Oak
  • Texas Red Oak
  • English Oak
  • Shingle Oak
  • Crimson Spire Oak
  • White Oak

Maple

  • Sugar Maple
  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Tartarian ‘Hotwings’ Maple
  • Sycamore Maple
  • Black Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Trident Maple
  • Pacific Sunset Maple
  • Miyabe Maple
  • Rocky Mountain Maple
  • Hedge Maple
  • Bigtooth Maple
  • Shangtung Maple

Linden

  • American Linden
  • Lincoln Linden
  • Redmond Linden
  • Shamrock Linden
  • Chancellor Linden
  • Corinthian Linden
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Summer Sprite Linden
  • Mongolian Linden
  • Silver Linden

Elm

  • American Elm
  • Japanese Elm
  • Allee Lacebark Elm
  • Prospector Elm
  • Elm hybrids (i.e., Accolade, Cathedral, Danada Charm, Frontier, Homestead, New Horizon, Patriot, Pioneer, Regal, Triumph, Vanguard)

Honeylocust

  • Skyline Honeylocust
  • Imperial Honeylocust
  • Shademaster Honeylocust

Cherry/Pear:

  • Sargent Cherry
  • Black Cherry
  • Callery Pear
  • Chanticleer Pear

Other Tree Species:

  • American Sycamore
  • Western Hackberry
  • Goldenraintree
  • Amur Corktree
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Northern Catalpa

The Lowry Foundation is delighted to announce that East Park’s first Public Art installation, “Aspens and Moon,” is complete!

To celebrate East Park’s first Public Art installation, the LCMA will be hosting a Picnic in the Park event at Tailwind Park on Sunday, June 29th 3-6P.  Click here for more information.

The Lowry Foundation invited residents of East Park to participate in the selection committee, which consisted of twelve volunteers – three East Park residents, five Lowry Foundation Board members, one LCMA representative, DURA staff, one architect and one engineer – and was chaired by Art Consultant Barbara Neal.

With $28K in DURA (Denver Urban Renewal Authority) funds to spend on the project, the committee reviewed over thirty pieces of art by twenty artists. The committee narrowed the selection down and did site visits for four pieces by three artists. Multiple sites in East Park were considered. The chosen site – the park-facing slope of the berm in Tailwind Park – was selected for its central location, visibility, pedestrian access (a trail runs across the top of the berm), protection from vehicle damage and graffiti, multiple vantage points and compatibility with the selected pieces’ aesthetics. The piece is set off to the side of the berm so as not to obstruct East Park’s prime sledding locale.

IMG_1429“Aspens and Moon” is kinetic, airy and brings elements of our seasonal Colorado landscape to Tailwind Park. It is unique to Lowry in that it features color (you’ll notice a lot of shiny steel in the art around Lowry), it incorporates colored glass and it is the first piece of Lowry art purchased from a female artist.

Reven Swanson is a local artist whose art is featured in Cherry Hills Village. Grand Junction, Fort Collins and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a finalist for public art commissions in Denver and Rawlins, WY. Growing up in a rural Colorado setting, as a young girl, Reven built forts in ditches, swung on the backs of wild horses and chased lizards with her sister, Channing. It was a childhood experience that ran closely with the rhythms of the natural world. In an expression of that relationship, “Aspens and Moon” reminds us of peering through a colorful canopy. The swaying kinetic motion invites us to watch and observe the invisible wind currents.

Why is Public Art important? It provides a community with a sense of place and identity, activates the imagination and inspires creativity, encourages social interaction, raises awareness among the public and city officials about the area and may increase property values.

The Lowry Foundation is a 501(c)3 and a volunteer organization that seeks to enhance public spaces and create community in Lowry. They are the stewards of Lowry’s Public Art, holders of Lowry’s history – including the Eisenhower Chapel in the Lowry Town Center – and funders of the Community Grant Program, which redirects funds into the community that will enrich life in Lowry. You can find out more about the Lowry Foundation – how to donate and how to volunteer and also about their upcoming events – on their website at www.thelowryfoundation.org. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LowryFoundation.

To see a rendering of Aspens and Moon, go to: http://www.lowrydenver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Aspens-Moon-8.pdf

You can also view a map of Aspens and Moon’s location in Tailwind Park here: http://www.lowrydenver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Aspens-Moon-7.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact the Lowry Foundation at lowryfoundation@gmail.com or call (303) 344-0481.


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