The October 2012 issue of the Front Porch carried an op-ed from Mayor Hancock that stated:
“Measure 2A will benefit neighborhoods spanning from Stapleton to Lowry by helping to:
–Complete parkland construction and restore maintenance.
–Resurface, extend and complete neighborhood arterials like Central
Park Boulevard, Smith Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
–Bring library service back to an average of 48 hours a week for all
Denver branches including those in Stapleton, Lowry and Park Hill.
–Increase Denver children’s access to pools, recreation centers, after-school programs and child-care.”
In response to a request from the Front Porch for a one-year update, the mayor’s office provided the following response:
“The passage of Measure 2A made it possible for us to catch back up on essential services lost during the recession and gave us the much needed opportunity to also eliminate the annual deficit and restore critical services in neighborhoods all across our city.
“The City forecasts that $90 million of additional revenue generated by 2A and 3A will be available to fund currently identified Stapleton trunk infrastructure needs over the remaining 12 years of the Stapleton TIF. Trunk infrastructure includes regional street connections and open space/park construction.
“Approx $4 million of this was generated in 2013:
• Opening the Sam Gary Library Branch Library hours at an average of 48 hours a week, which has led to increased hours, visits, circulation, and program attendance.
• Increasing youth participation and participation diversity in the center from Stapleton and Park Hill neighborhoods. Since many local or neighborhood centers are closed or have limited weekend hours, we are working to make Central Park a model for community recreation centers.
“The city continues to be fully committed to the redevelopment of Stapleton as a mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood as envisioned in the Green Book. The passage of 2A and 3A assists us in that goal.”
Click here for a description of the overall impact of 2A in Denver, provided by Mayor Hancock’s office.