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Littleton Twilight Criterium Returns Saturday, August 6
The Littleton Twilight Criterium bike race returns to Downtown Littleton Saturday, August 6, bringing professional bicyclists from around the country for high-speed races on a tight course through downtown. The race is the eighth stop in the ten-race American Criterium Cup, a new national criterium series formed in collaboration with USA Cycling. The American Crit Cup series has a cash prize of $100,000 split between men and women equally.

The Twilight Criterium kicks off at 3 p.m. and offers excitement for all ages, including a beer garden, food trucks, and live music. Everyone is welcome to hit the course on their favorite bike, trike, unicycle, or bicycle-built-for-two during the Cruiser Ride at 5:25 p.m. Kids can bring their own bike (and a helmet!) and try the Strider Obstacle Course from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music comes courtesy of dance band Thumpin’, on stage from 7 to 10 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Littleton Twilight Criterium.
Construction Begins on Affordable Senior Housing Complex
The first shovelfuls of dirt have been turned on the Overlook at Powers Park, a 51-unit affordable housing complex for seniors under construction at Elati Street and Powers Avenue, expected to open in late 2023.

Officials from South Metro Housing Options (SMHO), the City of Littleton, and other regional partners broke ground on the complex August 2. Units will be restricted to those age 62 and older and with an income level up to 60% of the area median income. More than half of the units will be restricted to those making no more than 40% of the area median income. 

The complex will be the first new construction of affordable housing overseen by SMHO since Libby Bortz Assisted Living was built in 1994. The project is expected to cost $20 million, with funding coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Arapahoe County, the cities of Littleton and Centennial, and other sources.
Officials from SMHO and partner organizations shovel first dirt at the build site.
The complex replaces 12 duplex units on the site, some of the 71 scattered-site units owned by SMHO and rented to residents using housing vouchers. SMHO is in the process of converting the remaining 59 units to deed-restricted affordable properties that will be offered for sale to qualifying low-income buyers, and will remain a source of affordable for-sale housing stock in Littleton. The sale of the units will help offset the cost of Overlook at Powers Park and provide additional funds toward future affordable housing development. 

SMHO has been working with residents in the scattered-site homes since 2018 to ensure satisfactory relocation. Close to 20 of the homes have already been sold. The remainder are either under renovation by Habitat for Humanity in preparation for sale, or still occupied by renters receiving assistance from SMHO.

Click here for more information about South Metro Housing Options.
E-Scooter Program Ends Early
Waist down photo of a person on a scooter.Littleton has ended its partnership with Bird, the company that deployed e-scooters in downtown in 2021 – and city officials would like the public’s help tracking down missing scooters.

Bird’s local fleet manager tasked with collecting, charging, and servicing the scooters appears to have stopped doing so in mid-June, leaving many of the scooters with dead batteries, and therefore impossible to locate remotely.

Now, Public Works staff need residents to be on the lookout. Those who find a scooter should email traffic@littletongov.org with the location.

The one-year Bird Pilot Program began in August 2021 to explore whether dockless e-scooters could provide “micromobility” – an additional mode of travel for Littleton residents to replace short vehicle trips, especially in the downtown neighborhood.

Bird was allowed to distribute up to 125 scooters at a time, but no more than 80 were deployed. The City of Littleton collected an initial $1,000 licensing fee from Bird, which covered the cost of software used by city officials to track scooters, as well as 10 cents per ride to cover the administrative costs of city staff.

The pilot program was scheduled to end August 18, but Bird decided to end the program in late July.

A survey of Littleton residents this summer found that 75% of respondents had not used an e-scooter in Littleton, and 65% of respondents were somewhat or very against the addition of e-scooters to Littleton, while 20% were somewhat or very supportive. 

Arapahoe County will be conducting a county-wide transit and micromobility study in the near future, with Littleton as a partner agency. Future micromobility programs in Littleton will wait until the study is complete.
Western Welcome Week Coming Soon!
The 94th annual Western Welcome Week is almost here! The celebration of Littleton’s community spirit returns August 12 through 21, with a schedule jam-packed with classic events. 

Western Welcome Week kicks off with a fireworks show and concert by the Denver Municipal Band at Sterne Park at 5 p.m., Friday, August 12.

The main event is the Grand Parade, which will progress down Main Street in Downtown Littleton at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 20. 

For a full list of events, visit westernwelcomeweek.org.
RTD Offers Free Rides in August
To help promote cleaner air, RTD is suspending fares on all modes of public transit in the month of August, including the Light Rail! It’s a chance to save money on gas, reduce the stress of sitting in traffic, and try a different way to get around. Don’t miss out on Zero Fare for Better Air! 

Click here for more info on Zero Fare for Better Air.
Littleton’s Oldest Building Celebrated
Mayor Pro-Tem Gretchen Ryden poses smiling with dogs.
Historic Littleton Inc. Would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the 150th birthday of the J.D. Hill Store on Rapp Street, Littleton’s oldest building! Mayor Pro Tem Gretchen Rydin, who helped emcee the bash, got some kisses from Littleton’s Honorary Dog Mayor, Murdoch while Honorary Dog Mayor Pro Tem Netty looks on.

Click here for more info about Historic Littleton Inc.
Littleton is Hiring
This week's featured jobs:

Project Manager (Capital Improvement Projects) The City of Littleton's Public Works Department is seeking a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Program Manager. The CIP Manager directs, manages, and oversees the city's engineering functions related to capital improvement projects.
 
Streets Operations Manager The City of Littleton is looking for a Streets Operations Manager who will be responsible for the Streets Maintenance Division within the Public Works Department. This responsibility includes the construction, repair, and maintenance of city streets including snow/ice removal operations.
 
Transportation Planner The City of Littleton is looking for a Transportation Planner to perform a variety of complex transportation planning work and to help develop and implement multimodal transportation solutions.

Visit the City of Littleton careers page to view all current job openings.
Happening at Bemis Library
Exterior of library from front
Family Fun Water Day
Tuesday, August 9, 11 a.m. to noon
Dress to get wet and enjoy outdoor fun on the lawn of the library. There will be water games, sidewalk chalk, and more fun to end summer break with a splash. Don't forget to bring a towel. For families with children of all ages.

The Beer Archaeologist: Sipping on Stonehenge
Tuesday, August 9, 6 to 7 p.m.
Historian Travis Rupp has studied the archeological records left behind by ancient people to learn what they drank. Learn about beer and other fermented beverages in the daily life and rituals of the people who built Stonehenge. For all ages.

Teen Photography Workshop
Saturday, August 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join the Community Art Project and take photographs that will be displayed in the gallery in September. Bring a smartphone or digital camera or borrow one of the library’s. For grades 6 to 12. Registration required. Click here to register.


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