SUN Spring Survey
In partnership with local community partners, SUN developed a survey to determine where action could improve life in our community. The survey was fielded on April 19, 2017, and remained open for just over a month until May 25, 2017. Responding to the survey was optional and no identifying information was collected. Results will be shared over a series of Front Porch newspaper articles of which this is the second installation.
Place of Work and Commuting Challenges
Among 1,005 survey respondents, 999 characterized their place of employment. The most frequent location of employment among respondents was inside the home (32%), followed by Downtown Denver (20%), and Anschutz Medical Campus (9%); an additional 15.4% provided another location not among the summarized options (ranging from other parts of Denver, to Wyoming. Challenges in utilizing alternative transportation included time (64%), childcare pick-up and drop-off (38%), needing a car during the day (22%,) and limitations in reach of public transportation (22%).
Recycling and Renewable Energy Program Utilization
Residential recycling was reported by 98% of respondents overall, and by 100% within some neighborhoods (North Eastbridge, Wicker Park); South End West had the lowest percent of homes participating (92%). Overall compost program participation was reported by 34%. South End East compost participation was highest (63%), followed by Central Park West (48%); lowest rate of compost program participation was reported by respondents in Willow Park East (19%), Wicker Park (26%) and Bluff Lake (27%). Thirty percent of respondents reported residential solar panels. Lowest solar participation was reported in southern Eastbridge (18%) and E. 29th Ave. (19%); highest in Central Park West (48%). Electronic recycling participation was reported by 12%; lowest participation was reported in Willow Park East (4%) and Central Park West (6%), and highest in Westerly Creek (24%) and Central Park North (18%). Hybrid vehicle utilization was reported by 11%, electronic cars by 5%, Windsource program participation by 7%, and community solar participation by less than 1 percent.
Group and Club Fair – Sept. 16,
8:30-10:30am at The Cube
Stapleton’s first Group and Club Fair is for residents who want to meet neighbors with, for instance, a shared interest in poker, quilting, electric cars, or something else. Neighbors have started dozens of groups and clubs with a wide range of interests and SUN is facilitating the connection of residents with common interests. Stapleton’s first-ever neighborhood Social Group and Club Expo will be at “the Cube” at 8371 Northfield Blvd. on Saturday morning, Sept. 16 from 8:30-10:30am. Tables will be available for Group and Club leaders to provide information on their meeting times, topics, and provide a sign-up sheet. To find out about getting a table for your group or club, contact Mark Mehringer at Mehringer@gmail.com or 720.840.8492.
Block Party Day in Stapleton: Denver Days Aug. 5-13
Mayor Hancock’s Denver Days spans the first two weekends in August, and is the new official date range for Block Party Day(s) in Stapleton. A block party is an opportunity to meet or reconnect with neighbors, and neighbors who know each other are more likely to act on each others’ behalf, which can reduce crime. Block parties range in size from one to several blocks, range in style from yard games to rented bounce houses, and range in food from catering to potluck. Residents on each block plan the party on a day and in a way that works best for them. Block parties held during Denver Days receive special benefits from the city, including waived park permit fees for Denver Days picnics and events (Permit Deadline of Aug. 1), free street barricades for residential block parties (Permit Deadline July 28), and free advertising on the Denver Days website and Facebook page. Denver Days runs from Aug. 5 through the 13th this year. You can learn more about the city efforts at http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-days.html and register your event to help your neighbors find it.
14th Annual Stapleton Kickball Tournament: Sept. 9, noon-5pm
It’s that time of year again to rally your neighbors and form a team for the 14th Annual Kickball Tournament! This year will be even more exciting as the event will have its inaugural year on the fields of Stanley Marketplace. This will allow us to have a cash bar (drinks $3-$7), a DJ and as much old school fun as you can handle.
Early Bird Team Pricing available until Sept. 1: $125.
Proceeds will benefit The Urban Farm (theurbanfarm.org).
Register your team online: https://sites.google.com/site/sunwebsite1/SUNKickball/kickball-registration
A special thank you to the Master Community Association for sponsoring this event. Additional sponsorship information available: https://sites.google.com/site/sunwebsite1/SUNKickball/kickballsponsors
Results from the 2016 Northwest Aurora-Stapleton-Stanley Marketplace Neighborhood Survey
Presentation by Ted Manley, PhD, The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, Monday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30pm
Dr. Manley’s Urban Sociology research on the region around Stanley Marketplace prior to the opening of the market provides a snapshot of the economic, social and political relations between the Northwest Aurora Neighborhood Organization (NANO), the Stapleton United Neighbors community organization (SUN) and the Stanley Marketplace.