A Note from OPNA on the Possible Festival at Overland Golf Course:
Much time and thought has been put into the question of how to handle this increasingly contentious issue as an organization. Looking to the OPNA bylaws and other neighborhoods as a guide, a few central ideas have risen to surface: The idea that a good neighborhood is inclusive of everyone, that it builds bonds between people, and that it encourages people to take part in their community.
Following this central theme, OPNA has decided to prioritize people instead of an issue, since people are the heart of our neighborhood. What that means is that we will not hold a vote on the possible overland festival as a neighborhood association.
There are people who feel passionately on both sides of the issue, and to pretend that the neighborhood as a whole feels one way or the other based off any vote would be both false and divisive. It could create a situation where some neighbors might feel they need to fight against their own neighborhood in order to be heard. At that point, the neighborhood could be perceived as inclusive to some, but not to others, and that is abhorrent to our mission and vision as a neighborhood.
OPNA is instead encouraging each individual to make their own decisions on this issue, and share their voices directly with the City and Councilman Jolon Clark. Since we cannot speak as one voice through the neighborhood association, we will speak as many individuals instead.
What OPNA will do is to record all the concerns that everyone has regarding the festival, seek to find answers/solutions through further meetings and conversation. OPNA has also made a commitment to facilitate dialogue and information sharing at our meetings about the festival so people can have their voices heard and talk things out as a community despite our differences. We will continue to provide updates from any further public meetings regarding the festival and reminders to future meetings that more people might be able to attend and participate.
The strength of any neighborhood is shown during times of trouble, not times of celebration. Our goal is that we show our strength not through divisiveness and animosity, but through compassion and togetherness.
If there are any questions about this decision, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The OPNA Board
Mara Owen – President
Ronnie Crawford- Vice President
Tracey Hardeman – Treasurer
Terry Pasqua – Secretary
Click HERE for the City of Denver's FAQ on the festival
View petitions FOR and AGAINST the festival
INFO ON THE NEXT PUBLIC MEETING:
Public Meeting 2
When: Tuesday, March 14 @ 6:00PM
Where: Overland Golf Course Clubhouse
1801 S. Huron St.
Denver, CO 80223
Please join the City and County of Denver, the Overland Park Neighborhood Association, the Ruby Hill-Godsman Neighborhood Association and the Athmar Park Neighborhood Association for the second public meeting to continue the conversation regarding a potential music festival at the Overland Golf Course.
For more information visit: www.denvergov.org/specialevents
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Overland Park Neighborhood is very proud to say that Phase 2 of the Bridge Project is complete!! The entire North side of the bridge is done!!!!
Thank you to all the volunteers, neighbors, art heroes and wonderful people who have helped make this happen! Especially our artist, Michele Brown, with La Mano Art, we couldn't have done this without you!!
Also a huge thanks to EMW Carpets & Furniture for all their help and support in storing our materials for the project, The Home Depot for helping to donate the varnish we are using, and of course, Denver Arts & Venues for the Urban Arts Fund Grant that made this all possible!!
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