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Friday, June 10, 2022
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In this issue...

Independence Day Celebration Goes on Without Fireworks
stars and striped US flag with event graphicDue to ongoing drought conditions and predictions of an above average hot and dry summer forecast, event organizers made the difficult decision to cancel fireworks for the 2022 Family Festival and Fireworks Show at Cornerstone and Belleview Parks. 

The cities of Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan, along with Arapahoe County and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are moving forward with an enhanced 4th of July Celebration with fun for the entire family. The event will be held at Cornerstone and Belleview Parks on July 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. It will feature food trucks, vendors, face painting, music and more! No personal fireworks will be allowed at the event. 

 “A lot of thought went into this decision by all of our event partners,” said Christina Underhill, Englewood’s director of parks and recreation. “At the end of the day, with the current drought conditions and long-term forecast, we proactively moved forward planning an event that would include more activities and fun, rather than fireworks. This year will have more of a festival feel.” 

Englewood events web page includes details.

Littleton Police Warn of Scam Callers

The Littleton Police Department (LPD) has received reports of phone scammers impersonating LPD officers and threatening residents with arrest unless they pay money to clear up the charges. LPD will never ask for gift cards or credit card information by phone. Scammers often sound official and may demand immediate action. Residents who want clarification or assistance from LPD are encouraged to call Dispatch at 303-794-1551. 

City Preparing Improvements on Mineral Avenue

map of mineral vicinity of proposed improvements
The City of Littleton has been working to identify and design transportation improvements in the area along Mineral Avenue east of Santa Fe Drive to approximately Windermere Street. The Mineral Mobility Improvements are aimed at creating safer and more complete travel options for bicyclists and pedestrians in this area near the Mineral Light Rail Station. 

Using community input, the city developed a list of potential improvements to be considered. Two levels of evaluation were then used to bring forward improvement concepts that meet the city's Transportation Master Plan goals, achieve project-specific goals, and fit within the project budget of $2 million. Improvements are being considered at multiple locations and could include protected bike lanes, improved bicyclist and pedestrian crossings, and a paved and widened Mineral Avenue Trail. 

Community members are invited to attend a virtual public meeting June 22 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. to learn which improvements rose to the top and to share their feedback. Click here for more information about the project or to receive a link to the virtual public meeting

Following the meeting, the presentation will be available on the project web page, and printed copies will be available at the Littleton Center at the reception desk, 2255 West Berry Avenue. Comments are requested by July 6. 

Suggestions from the community will be used to refine and prioritize improvements to move into preliminary design. Design is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with construction beginning in 2023. 

Sign Up for Junior Police Academy
 Think you’ve got what it takes to combat crime? Kids entering grades 6-8 this fall can enroll in the Littleton Police Department’s free week-long Junior Police Academy, to be held June 13 to 17 at Mission Hills Church. 

Kids will work with officers to learn all about policing and public safety, with sessions including: 

  • LPD smiling officer helps two students with their car doorSWAT Tactics 
  • Crime Scene Investigation 
  • Building Search Techniques 
  • Arrest Control Techniques 
  • Firearms Safety 
  • DUI Simulation Course 
  • K-9 Demonstration 

Visit the web page for more information or to register. 

Biogas Project Earns Climate Protection Award

South Platte Renew’s biogas capture project earned a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, accepted by Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter. 

The award honors successful local climate action changing how energy is used and produced in cities, resulting in reduced carbon use and emissions. 

South Platte Renew, the wastewater treatment plant owned jointly by Littleton and Englewood, drew recognition for its Pipeline Injection Project, which captures “biogas” produced as a byproduct of water treatment. The project converts the gas into renewable natural gas which is injected directly into Xcel Energy’s natural gas pipeline.  

The system produces roughly 700,000 thermes of energy a year, enough to power 1,700 homes. Since the system went live in 2019, it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8,900 metric tons. 

Officials from Littleton, Englewood and South Platte Renew began working on the project in 2012, and the two cities split the cost to enact it. The system generates revenue though a federal fuel standard program and is on track for a four- to six-year payback period, faster than originally anticipated.  

“The Pipeline Injection Project is an outstanding example of how cities can utilize wastewater treatment plants to positively contribute to their communities, foster regional partnerships, and improve sustainable practices,” the award reads. “Capturing biogas eliminates odor, improves air quality through reduced local greenhouse gas emissions, and provides a new source of revenue for the participating cities. This overall effort demonstrates how collaboration among several entities and working together can create a complex solution for the benefit of their communities. 

A full description of the award and other winners can be found here.  

City Seeks Feedback on E-Scooters
feet wearing chucks on scooter deck ready to roll

Littleton’s transportation planners are seeking feedback on the one-year micromobility pilot program that brought e-scooters to town.  

The city partnered with Bird Rides, Inc. on the pilot program in 2021. City officials have been monitoring the program and are now collecting feedback from residents and business owners. 

Below is a short survey that asks scooter users their habits on scooters, and non-riders about their perception of the scooters. 

Take the Bird Scooter Survey 

Support High Line Canal With “Walk For The Canal”

The High Line Canal Conservancy’s annual Walk for the Canal fundraiser encourages people to walk, run, roll and ride to support improvement projects, including tree planting and safer access along the 71-mile High Line Canal. Walk for the Canal Week, presented by the Friedman Family Foundation, features a week of family-friendly programming June 20 to 26, encouraging participants to explore the Canal and connect with nature and community, while raising funds to help protect and enhance the greenway. 

Walk for the Canal Week allows participants to get involved in a way that fits their schedule and motivation. New this year, the Conservancy will hold daily events and activities on various topics, including a birding walk, sunset solstice excursion, happy hours, Dogs & Donuts event, and much more. 

Click here for more information about Walk For the Canal Week

Weigh In on Jackass Hill Park’s Future at Public Meeting

Residents can weigh in on Jackass Hill Park’s future this summer as South Suburban Parks and Recreation explores ideas to improve the park at Jackass Hill Road and Prince Street.  

South Suburban staff will seek community feedback at a pop-up event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,Thursday, June 16 at the West Dry Creek Court cul-de-sac on the south side of Jackass Hill Park.

sunset atop jackasshill
First Meet Greet & Eat Approaching

This summer's first Meet Greet & Eat is almost here!  

Meet Greet & Eat provides free pizza and ice cream (while it lasts), as well as activities for children like bounce houses and interactive nature displays from South Suburban Parks and Recreation.   

Events also offer residents an opportunity to have conversations with city council members and city staff about community issues.   

Three Meet Greet & Eat events will be held this summer:   

Ketring Park,
6000 South Gallup Street, 
Wednesday, June 15, 4 to 6 p.m. kids gather at Meet, Eat and Greet listening to Older staffer share swag and stories

TrailMark Park,
8853 West TrailMark Parkway,
Wednesday, July 13, 4 to 6 p.m.
Berry Park,
3400 West Berry Avenue,
Wednesday, August 24,
4 to 6 p.m.
South Suburban Seeks Input on New Master Plan
South Suburban Parks and Recreation logoSouth Suburban Parks and Recreation District is encouraging parks, trails and recreation program users to participate in a survey for the 2022 Master Plan Update. Public input is valuable in identifying South Suburban’s priorities and community needs for the next five years. 

The projects identified in the 2017 Master Plan are largely complete, with many accomplishments including a new sports complex, playground updates, and additions of sports courts, picnic shelters, and trails. 

The survey will be available from June 9 to September 1.   

Click here to learn more about the Master Plan Update  

Click here to take the survey 

Littleton is Hiring

Senior Project Manager-Downtown Littleton The City of Littleton is looking for an experienced Senior Project Manager that will provide project management leadership on a wide variety of projects that will impact Littleton’s downtown area including a recently expanded Historic District. These projects include planning, infrastructure, construction, economic development initiatives, and community events. 

Adult Services Supervisor The City of Littleton is looking for an Adult Services Supervisor for Bemis Public Library. The Adult Services Supervisor exemplifies excellent customer service. This role is responsible for the overall supervision and coordination of all adult, senior, and technology services; collections, outreach, and programs. This role will be instrumental in the implementation of the bookmobile for 2023. 

Seasonal Worker (Traffic) The City of Littleton is seeking energetic individuals who enjoy working outdoors to join the traffic crew as a seasonal traffic worker for Summer 2022. This position will work with the traffic crew assisting with both signs and road marking maintenance.

downtown littleton welcome sign greeting southbound traffic on prince from santa fe drive
Happening at Bemis
Bemis Library Facade

Senior Electronic Gaming Day Library staff will set up the Nintendo Switch in the conference room for seniors to enjoy games in a low stress setting. For ages 50 and up. 1 to 3 p.m., June 14. 

Art Workshop with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Join Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Educator Melinda Laz for a hands-on workshop about BMoCA's current exhibition and create a piece of art inspired by the show. For ages 18 and up. 2 to 3 p.m., June 16. Visit event's web page to register online.  

Musical Concert: Sounds of RnR Join the library for an afternoon of acoustic classic rock and original compositions with local duo Rick Iracki and Rex Reed. June 18, 2 to 3 p.m. 

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