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We had perfect weather for the Greenwood Village Fishing Derby in April. Over 200 families came out to enjoy some fishing and homemade pancakes flipped by District 3 Councilmembers Gary Kramer, Bette Todd, and me. The Fishing Derby, which was eliminated from the budget a few years ago due to the economic downturn, is one of our signature events that make Greenwood Village a special place to live. Many residents were pleased the City Council decided to reinstate the Fishing Derby in this year’s budget. The Fishing Derby is a Village event that many of our children grew up attending. The City Council knows it will continue to be an event that will be enjoyed for many years to come. You can read more about this event’s success on page 22 of this Newsletter.


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PTR Director Debbie Belcik, Councilmembers Gary Kramer and Bette Todd, and Mayor Rakowsky serving homemade pancakes during the Fishing Derby. Scout Troop 3552 to plant two European Pyramidal Hornbeams at William McKinley Carson Park. The Girl Scouts participated in the event to achieve their Civic Government Badge.

rrakowsky@ 303-486-5741

Since 1995, the Village, through the work of our Public Works and Parks, Trails, and Recreation Departments, has demonstrated a firm commitment to planting trees in our community. We have invested more than 1.25 million dollars in planting over 5,000 trees in Village parks, open space areas, and along trails and green areas. Every year, as a part of our Capital Improvement Program, we budget money to plant additional trees in our Village. Trees such as Bigtooth Maples, Mountain Mahogany and Wavy Leaf Oak are native trees that are often included in our tree planting program. To commemorate national Arbor Day in April, Councilmembers Denise Rose, Bette Todd, Tom Bishop and I joined members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 130 and Girl

RAMBLE WITH RON IN MAY Have some ideas or suggestions to share about living or working in Greenwood Village? Walk and talk with Mayor Ron Rakowsky at Westlands Park, 5701 South Quebec Street, on May 17 and at Tommy Davis Park, Swim Club Lot, 9200 East Orchard Road on May 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (weather permitting). Registration is not required. For more information, please call the Mayor’s Office at 303-486-5745. Check for updates of the monthly schedule for Ramble with Ron at

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Mayor Ron Rakowsky celebrates Arbor Day with local Girl Scouts, joined by Councilmembers Denise Rose, Bette Todd and Tom Bishop.






NOT SURE WHO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE? Obtain a list of your state and national government representatives at



Jerry Presley

Jeff Roemer

Gary Kramer

Tom Bishop

jpresley@ 303-804-4138

jroemer@ 303-804-4136

gkramer@ 303-804-4133

tbishop@ 303-804-4131

Denise Rose

Leslie Schluter

Bette Todd

T.J. Gordon

drose@ 303-804-4137

lschluter@ 303-804-4135

btodd@ 303-804-4134

tgordon@ 303-804-4132

THE POND IS FULL OF WATER AT VILLAGE GREENS NORTH PARK The pond improvements are complete at Village Greens Park North. The storage capacity of the pond is increased to 34,000 square feet of surface area for irrigation and improved water quality. These improvements will make the pond an amenity for all park users to enjoy. The next phase for the project will be the construction of an 18-hole disc golf course this month and a 2.75 mile mountain bike trail following later this summer. Both of these amenities are scheduled to be completed in the fall of this year. Funding for these improvements came from the Village’s general fund, Arapahoe County’s Open Space Tax money and lottery proceeds. There are some exciting events happening at Village Greens Park North. Please watch for more updates this summer about construction of this unique park in our Village.

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HAPPY TRAILS One of the best features of living in Greenwood Village is access to the Village’s wonderful local and regional trail system. In this issue of the Newsletter, there are a series of articles that highlight our regional trail system. You can learn about the 43 miles of trails that run throughout our community, and those regional trails that take you to destinations outside of the Village. Also included is some helpful information to prepare you before venturing out on the trails, whether you are on foot, a bicycle, or a horse. Knowing proper trail safety and trail etiquette will ensure your experience is fun and most importantly, safe for you, your family, and other trail users.


Let me introduce Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen to the citizens of Greenwood Village. Commissioner Holen represents District 5 which includes a portion of Aurora and the City of Glendale. I met with Commissioner Holen in April to extend a Greenwood Village welcome and learned he represents Arapahoe County on a variety of local and regional issues that impact Greenwood Village. They include economic development, Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality, and law enforcement. We discussed these issues and I noted I value his participation in these matters. The Board of County Commissioners serves as the administrative and policymaking body for Arapahoe County. The Commissioners are elected by voters to represent five districts, each divided by population. The Board approves the budget, hires staff, oversees land-use planning and development; and administers county services.

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Former Greenwood Village Mayor Nancy Sharpe, who was elected to the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners and sworn-in January 2011, represents District 2 of Arapahoe County, which includes Greenwood Village. Commissioner Sharpe can be reached at Commissioner Holen can be reached at To contact the entire Board of County Commissioners, email or call 303-795-4630.

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POLICE DEPARTMENT ACHIEVES CRIME REDUCTIONS IN 2011 One of the reasons why people live, work, and visit Greenwood Village is their ongoing enjoyment and sense of security in their homes and neighborhoods. This sense of comfort for people also extends to learning in schools, traveling on Village roadways, and greeting customers at their places of business. As you will read on page 9 of this Newsletter, the Police Department released its crime statistics for 2011. I am pleased to report that crime in the Village has decreased over the past three years. Our Village is safer because of the proactive efforts of our Police Department. Just as important to ensure the Police Department’s success are the efforts of our residents and businesses to watch out for their neighbors and report suspicious activity. Several of the crimes committed in the Village have been solved because of the increased awareness of citizens to keep their neighborhoods crime free and call the Police. Being aware of your surroundings and activity in your neighborhood will benefit all of us. Never hesitate to call 9-1-1. If something does not feel or look right, it probably is not what it should be. GV



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4 City Council Study Session 6 p.m. • City Hall Meeting 7 p.m.


11 Mini Art Masters City Hall Community Room T-Ball Session 1 Silo Park

5 P&Z Commission City Hall • 7 p.m.

12 Art In The Park Silo Park Fun In The Sun Begins • Silo Park




Adult Volleyball Begins Village Greens Park

13 Adult Volleyball Village Greens Park

9 Master Class Exhibit Reception 5:30-7 p.m. Curtis Center



Art In The Park Silo Park

16 Rocky Mountain Brassworks Concert 6 p.m. Curtis Park

PTR Commission City Hall • 7 p.m.



18 Mini Art Masters City Hall Community Room T-Ball • Silo Park

19 Art In The Park Silo Park

20 Adult Volleyball Village Greens Park

P&Z Commission City Hall • 7 p.m.

25 T-Ball Session 1 Silo Park

26 Art In The Park Silo Park PTR Commission City Hall • 7 p.m.



GVAHC Meeting 6:30 p.m. Curtis Center

City Council Study Session 6 p.m. • City Hall


21 Art In The Park Silo Park

27 Adult Volleyball Village Greens Park

28 Art In The Park Silo Park BOAA Meeting City Hall 6:30 p.m.


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SILO PARK BARN AND SILO REPAIR PROJECT COMPLETED In April, the Village completed improvements to the barn and silo at Silo Park. The purpose of the project was to repair the interior barn walls and repair deteriorated sections of the silo. The project also included placement of rock facing on the barn and landscape improvements to the area between the barn and silo for improved drainage conditions. The improvements will enhance the aesthetics of the barn and silo and provide for long-term protection to the historic structures. For more information, please contact Wanda DeVargas, Project Manager II, at 303-708-6140.

PUBLIC WORKS DAY 2012 In celebration of National Public Works Week, Greenwood Village will host Public Works Day for the 14th consecutive year on Tuesday, May 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Village Maintenance Facility, 10001 East Costilla Avenue. Participants will visit with Public Works employees as they learn the role Public Works plays in supporting the quality of life of the community. For more information please call Susan Jesse, Administrative Coordinator, at 303-708-6193 or email at

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PROGRAMS IN MAY The Mayor’s Show — Getting Around Greenwood Village The Mayor’s Show takes a look at how a group of people are using alternative methods of transportation to travel to and from their destinations in Greenwood Village. These methods for getting around can save time, money, and help improve the environment. Air Times: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Archives of the Mayor’s Show and GV Kids, Ink!® can be seen at or on the Greenwood Village Channel on YouTube.

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Learn about emergency services and information on fire prevention provided by South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. Air Times: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

VISIT GREENWOOD VILLAGE ON THE WEB WWW.GREENWOODVILLAGE.COM LIVING WITH WILDLIFE VIDEOS Greenwood Village is home to an abundance of wildlife such as waterfowl, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and rabbits. To learn how to minimize negative encounters with wildlife, short videos are available for Web users to view on a variety of species that live in Greenwood Village. Just visit, click Residents and Living With Wildlife. You can also watch these short videos on The Greenwood Village YouTube Channel. For more information, please call the City Manager’s Office at 303-486-5745.

8 Metro Voices Produced by the Greater Metro Telecommunications Consortium (GMTC), the program focuses on regional issues. Air Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch A powerfully fun and effective workout that will lift your spirits, strengthen your heart, muscles, and core. You’ll get a healthy dose of cardio, strength and stretch moves and finish up feeling energized for the start and end of your day. Air Times: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Do you have a comment about programming on GVTV Channel 8? Please call Melissa Gallegos, Public Information Officer, at 303-486-5749. GV

VILLAGE NEWS CAMP July 24-27 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages: 10-14 years old Fee: $90 (for all four days, including breakfast) Limit: 12 participants Does your child have inspiration to be on television as a news anchor or a reporter? Sign up your child to participate in the news camp to report the news like the pros! They will learn the ins and outs of news production, write your own script, and deliver your own news report using a teleprompter. To register visit or call 303-486-5773.

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It may seem like it can only happen in movies or narrated in your favorite non-fiction book, but what if you find yourself or your family in a life-threatening situation and you have a leading role. What would you do? Would you know how to react? Sometimes what may seem as an easy decision will be one of the most difficult to make and any wrong move could cost you. The Greenwood Village Police Department wants citizens to be prepared with critical information to know if you ever find yourself in a trying situation that puts you in the wrong place at the wrong time. Knowing proper procedures to follow will be vital to surviving any dangerous situation or confrontation.

CARJACKING AVOID AN ATTACK • Avoid likely places for carjacking such as high crime areas, less traveled roadways, intersections, isolated areas in parking lots, residential driveways and gates, and traffic jams or congested areas. • Keep distance, about one-half of your vehicle’s length, between you and the vehicle in front so you can maneuver easily. You should be able to see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you. • Use your rear and side view mirrors to stay aware of your surroundings when you stop. Always keep your doors locked and windows up. • Always carry a cell phone. • Recognize common attack plans and know how to react: The Bump — the attacker bumps the victim’s vehicle from behind. When the victim gets out to check on the damage, the victim’s vehicle is taken. What To Do: If you are bumped from behind or if someone tries to alert you to a problem with your vehicle, pull over only when you reach a safe public place. Good Samaritan — The attacker stages an accident and simulates an injury. The victim stops to assist and the vehicle is taken. What To Do: Think before stopping to assist in an accident. It may be safer to call the Police and report the PG. 8

location, number of cars involved, and any injuries you observed. The Ruse — The vehicle behind the victim flashes its lights or the driver waves to get the victim’s attention. The attacker tries to indicate that there is a problem with the victim’s car. The victim pulls over and the vehicle is taken. What To Do: Do not pull over unless it is in a public area or drive to a police station. If you do get out, remove your keys, purse and wallet. The Trap — Carjackers use surveillance to follow the victim home. When the victim pulls into the driveway, the attacker pulls up behind and blocks the victim’s car. What To Do: Before you get put of your parked car, look around and take notice of people and the situation. If anything makes you feel uneasy, do not get out of your car. Draw attention to yourself — honk your horn or yell. Remain in your locked car if possible.

A CARJACKING IN PROGRESS • Nonconfrontation is the best response. If someone attempts to take your car, it is best to let them take your car, as long as they are not trying to take you or your child with the car. • If the thief threatens you with a weapon, never try to resist. Your life is not worth your car. • If the thief displays a firearm or

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claims to have one, consider it loaded and that they will use it. • In most carjacking situations, the attackers are interested only in the vehicle. Try to stay calm. Do not stare at the attacker as this may seem aggressive and cause them to harm you. • Be observant. Plan to be a good witness. Try to notice as much as possible about the thief. Make mental notes of the thief ’s physical characteristics, race, age, hair and eye color, clothing and vehicle description if they had accomplices.

AFTER THE CARJACKING • Call the police immediately. • Get away from the area as quickly as you can and go to a safe place before contacting the police to report the incident. For more information, please call the Greenwood Village Police Department at 303-773-2525. GV


2011 CRIME STATISTICS RELEASED POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS VILLAGE REMAINS SAFE The Police Department, through their strategic operations and community programs, works to ensure the safety of the community. In April 2012, the Police Department released crime statistics for 2011 and statistics based on a three-year average. Over the past three years, some crime activity has remained consistent, while serious crimes such as robberies, aggravated assaults, injury accidents, vandalism, and car break-ins have decreased. In 2011, the Village experienced an increase in thefts, which in many cases were identity theft and fraud related incidents. Although it is difficult to determine exactly why crime increases or decreases, the Police Department uses a variety of tactics to increase public safety and proactively reduce crime. The department’s use of real-time crime data to monitor trends and develop deployment strategies has proved successful over the department’s previous efforts of making random or arbitrary decisions to address crime. Notable accomplishments for the Police Department in 2011 include the successful identification and arrests of several suspects who had committed residential burglaries in the Village. Increasing police presence in neighborhoods, while handling increased calls for service, has also assisted the department to focus resources on neighborhoods that are targeted frequently by crime which has resulted in the


City Of Greenwood Village 2011 Crime Statistics Three Year Average 3 Year Type Average Robbery 11 Aggravated Assault 16 Sex Assault 14 Simple Assault 51 Burglary 98 1st Degree Criminal Trespass (Vehicle) 149 Theft/Larceny 306 Auto Theft 35 Harassment 38 Criminal Mischief/Vandalism 132 Domestic Violence 30 Injury Accidents 162 Fatal Accidents 1 Non-Injury Accidents 926

2011 Total 9 12 17 63 93 110 359 30 31 111 34 100 3 1017

deterrent of criminal activity. At the end of 2011, the Police Department became fully staffed which afforded them the opportunity to increase patrolling efforts and response times in areas where increased crime activity exists with an eye toward thorough criminal investigations. Lastly, the department’s effort to join forces with members of the community for problem solving and prevention strategies has been recognized as the major contributor to addressing criminal activity in both residential and commercial areas. Greenwood Village is a safer community because of programs such as the Citizens’ Police Academy, and proactive communication with residents, neighborhood associations, hotel groups, and business owners and managers. GV


WWW.CRIMEREPORTS.COM The Police Department has made the Village’s crime statistics available online. Visit and click on Departments, Police Department, and Crime Reports. Enter your home or business address and you can view crime data in your neighborhood based on the date range and crime type. Crime data is updated every day and contains up to six months of data online. For more information, please call the Police Department at 303-773-2525.

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EXPLORE OUR THE GREENWOOD VILLAGE REGIONAL TRAIL NETWORK Greenwood Village residents, businesses, and visitors are fortunate to have access to one of the highest quality local and regional trail systems in the Denver region. Forty miles of trails vein within and around Greenwood Village for bicyclists, equestrians, pedestrians, hikers, and nature enthusiasts. Our trails provide recreational opportunities, preserve community and neighborhood character, protect natural habitat, and allow for improved water and air quality. Along the Village trails, you will enjoy breathtaking views, glimpses of

trails Greenwood Village is home to approximately 43 miles of trails.

wildlife, remnants of the Village’s rural heritage, preserved waterways, 189 acres of developed parks, and 253 acres of open space. Trail surface types


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HIGH LINE CANAL TRAIL • Designated as a National Landmark Trail lined with heritage cottonwood trees. • Built in 1883 to deliver irrigation water. • The Canal runs 66 miles from Waterton Canyon and the South Platte River through Douglas, Arapahoe and Denver counties and ending at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Lateral in Green Valley Ranch. • Trail surface: natural surface trail in the southern portion of the trail including Greenwood Village and hard surface trail in Denver and Aurora. • 5.47 miles of the High Line Canal run through Greenwood Village on the west side of the city. • People enjoy using the Canal’s trail for hiking, biking, jogging and horseback riding. • Parks or areas of significance along the High Line Canal that you might experience while traveling along the trail: Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve (Greenwood Village), Chatfield State Park (Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson County), McLellen Reservoir (Littleton), de Koevend Park and the Goodson Recreation Center (Centennial), Blackmer Park (Cherry Hills Village), Cherry Creek Country Club (Arapahoe County), Fairmount Cemetery (Denver), DeLaney Farm Park (Aurora), Sand Creek Regional Greenway (Aurora).


BIG DRY CREEK TRAIL • Approximately a seven mile trail connecting the South Platte River trail system to the High Line Canal in Greenwood Village. • Trail starting point in Greenwood Village at the High Line Canal trail near Sunset Court. • Trail travels through a portion of Greenwood Village, Littleton and Englewood. • Trail surface: hard surface. continued on page 12


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EXPLORE OUR continued from page 11 • Parks or areas of significance along the Big Dry Creek Trail that you might experience while traveling along the trail: Progress Park (Englewood), Belleview Park (Englewood), Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center (Englewood).

CHERRY CREEK TRAIL • Approximately 40 miles of trail from Confluence Park where Cherry Creek flows into the South Platte River to Franktown in Douglas County. • Trail access from Greenwood Village is at Village Greens Park on the east side of the Village. • Travels through a portion of Greenwood Village, Denver, Arapahoe County, Centennial, Aurora, Parker and Douglas County. • Trail surface: hard surface. • Parks or areas of significance along the Cherry Creek Trail that you might experience while traveling along the trail: Village Greens South and Village Greens North Park (Greenwood Village), Cherry Creek State Park, Parker/Jordan Centennial Open Space (Centennial), Bar Triple C Park (Parker), and a few miles from the southern end of the trail is Castlewood Canyon State Park, Four Mile Historic Park (Glendale), Cherry Creek Shopping District (Denver), Confluence Park (Denver). GV

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NEW PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE MAP! GET YOUR COPY TODAY Before you venture out, stop by City Hall to get a free copy of the new Parks, Trails and Open Space Map. The map identifies all of the parks, open spaces, and trails throughout the community. Users will also be able to view parks and trails of adjacent jurisdictions and learn how to access them from the Village. You can also access the map online at


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EXPLORE OUR TRAIL SAFETY Greenwood Village has 43-miles of trails that vein within and around the Village for bicyclists, equestrians, pedestrians, hikers and nature enthusiasts. Although Greenwood Village is one of the safest places to live, trails could be attractive to criminals for places to hide and conduct criminal activities, especially against women, teens, and children. If you are planning on using Village trails in the future, remember these safety precautions: Be Aware, Not Beware, Of Your Surroundings: Walk/run in a familiar location where you will be able to find help quickly. Save exploring new areas with friends on weekends. Leave An Itinerary: Make sure your family or friends know your route and when you expect to return. Bring a cell phone in case you need to call for help or to let family or friends know you’ll be running late. Be Visible: It is important to be aware of the people around you. It is also


important for people to be aware of you. Wear something that makes you recognizable and memorable so the people you pass on the running path register that they saw you. Use All Your Senses: Most people enjoy exercising while listening to their iPod. However, you shouldn’t sacrifice one of your senses, especially if you are running in an isolated area. Buddy Up: Walking with a partner is always a better idea than walking alone. There is safety in numbers. Your Dog Is Your Buddy: Dogs serve as a deterrent for attackers. Most people won’t mess with large dogs, but even smaller dogs act as good alarms in cases of emergencies. Know The Four Self Defense Strategies: 1. Think: Women have excellent intuition. It is important to give yourself every opportunity to notice through sight, smell and sound what is around you. If you have an uneasy feeling running in a

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certain location, trust your senses and steer clear immediately. 2. Yell: If somebody approaches you in a way that makes you feel unsafe, speak in a powerful voice and use strong declarative statements. Instead of asking, “What do you want?” yell, “TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT.” Other strong declarative statements include: “NO,” “BACK OFF,” “LEAVE ME ALONE,” “I DON’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU.” Usually, a perpetrator is not looking for a fair fight. Rather, he or she is looking for someone to overpower. If you take a stance immediately with an assertive voice and body language you can change the dynamic of the situation and what the perpetrator expects. 3. Run: If you are able to do so, run away from a dangerous situation. Do everything in your power to escape from a perpetrator and find help. 4. Fight: Only after a woman has exhausted the above strategies should she fight. In self-defense, the intention is to find ways to defend one’s self in a way that places you in the least amount of harm. If you are in danger, target the knees, eyes and nose. Knees are low and accessible. It doesn’t take a lot of pressure to cause injury, rendering an attacker unable to chase you. The eyes are vulnerable, no matter how tough a person may be. The nose can be easily broken, causing the eyes to water. No matter how tough an attacker may seem, there are vulnerable parts on every person’s body. For more information on personal safety, please call the Police Department at 303-773-2525. If you encounter an unsafe situation or perpetrator on Village trails, please call 9-1-1 immediately. GV






• Always ride on the RIGHT. Remember to “go with the traffic flow.” Never ride against traffic. Cars will not be expecting to find a biker when they round a corner or go over a hill. • Ride single file. When passing other bikers or pedestrians, let them know your position by shouting something like, “On your left!” • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns. • Always check behind you when changing lanes. • Watch out for dangerous things on the roadways or on trails. Road litter, paddles of water, loose gravel, and storm gates can cause you to lose control of your bicycle. • Stop at all stop signs and street lights. Be extra careful at crossroads. Walk your bicycle across busy intersections. • Always signal before making a left or right turn. To make a left turn, look behind you, hold your left arm straight out and proceed carefully. For a right turn, hold your left arm out and up in an “L” shape. • Keep control of your bike. Do not swerve or make sudden turns. Drivers may not be able to react fast enough to avoid colliding with you. • Ride at least three feet away from parked cars. Someone could open his or her door unexpectedly. • Listen for cars approaching from the side or behind you. • Do not follow cars too closely (you may be in their blind spot). • Know your road signs and obey them. A smart bike follows the rules of the road. • Always be prepared to stop. Keep your hands on or close to the brakes. • Do not forget to wear your helmet! And do not wear headphones; you will not be able to hear what is going on around you.

Just like dining in a fine restaurant, there is proper etiquette when using area trails. Though multi-use trail signs may vary in the way they look, the right-of-way is universal: bicyclists yield to everyone; pedestrians yield to horses (equestrians); equestrians yield to no-one and always have the right-of-way.

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Pedestrians — Of course it’s more fun to walk side-by-side to talk with your walking buddies than to walk single file, but please be aware that taking up the whole trail makes it difficult for bicyclists and equestrians to pass safely. Stay to the right and close to your walking partners. Equestrians — It is safest to ride single file, but as with pedestrians, many prefer to ride side-by-side to talk with friends. Be aware that two horses riding side-by-side take up a lot of trail space, making it difficult for others to pass safely. Trails in the Village are multi-use so you will encounter bicyclists and pedestrians; it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that their horse is under control. Also keep in mind that many people are not familiar with horses and do not understand that that objects such as bikes and runners coming up behind them can scare your horse. Be courteous and notify pedestrians when passing. Bicyclists — Bicyclists yield to both pedestrians and horses. Be courteous to other users, keep right when possible. Verbally alert others when you are approaching to pass; call out “on your left” or “on your right” as equestrians and pedestrians may not hear you approaching. The speed limit on Village trails is a maximum of 15 MPH, depending on conditions. GV Have you every noticed a horse jump? Horses are easily scared. In nature, horses are prey. Horses’ eyes are situated on the sides of their heads which causes objects to appear to jump from one side of their vision to the other. This can trigger the horse’s natural instinct to flee.

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Ride on open trails only. Leave no trace. Control your bicycle. Always yield trail. Never scare animals. Plan ahead.

Control your horse. Avoid cross-country riding.

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FACILITATES TRAFFIC FLOW AND REDUCES DELAYS FOR MOTORISTS The issue of traffic congestion is an ongoing issue the Village continually addresses to assure the livability of the community. In addition to traffic enforcement and education, the Village uses an Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) to solve traffic issues generated from the 45,000+ residents and visitors traveling in the Village every day.

• Improved Reliability ATMS keeps the traffic signals operating; an example of this is the battery backup units installed to assure the driver never sees a dark signal. Additionally the ATMS alerts staff of issues through email as soon as the issue arises for faster response and a more reliable system. • Allows for easy implementation of timing plans for special events or other road conditions. ATMS allows for the operations of the signal system to be modified to accommodate changing conditions. This is done in an effort to minimize the delays experienced by motorists. Examples of when this is utilized include such things as snowstorms, concerts and construction.

PHASE I IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED Upgrade All Intersections In 2009 and 2010, all intersections were upgraded to fully actuated operations which allow all intersections to have the ability to operate on vehicle demand, especially during low volume and off-peak periods. Prior to the installation of the vehicle actuation system, some intersections worked on pretimed patterns that could not respond to changes in traffic volumes. This was burdensome to motorists traveling the side streets on weekends and evenings who would have to wait several seconds before the traffic lights would change. Also, fully actuated operations allow the Village to collect traffic count data at the signalized intersections. The Village can periodically compare traffic volume trends to determine if signal timing needs to be modified.

Greenwood Village has remote access to 46 traffic signals.

In addition, safety components were initiated as a part of Phase One including conversion of all traffic signal and pedestrian incandescent indications to light emitting diodes

THE BENEFITS OF ATMS ATMS uses advanced computer technology to collect realtime traffic information from various sources such as traffic signals and traffic cameras to service traffic demands by operating the signals in real time as traffic demands change in Greenwood Village. • Facilitate traffic flow and reduce total travel time and delay for drivers. The Village can view traffic flow conditions via real-time traffic cameras, detect problems, and take actions to improve traffic flow. • Improve Mobility And Access ATMS provides real-time remote access to 46 traffic signals. Traffic signals can be remotely monitored and operated to meet current traffic conditions. PG. 16

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Through real-time traffic cameras the Village can detect problems with traffic and make adjustments immediately.


With the ATMS staff can monitor all traffic signals in the Village from the Maintenance Facility. (LEDs). The LED indications are brighter, which help with sun glare issues and provide clearer indications during full sun conditions. Countdown pedestrian indications were also installed which provides more information to pedestrians about how much time they have to cross a street. Lastly, battery back-up units were installed at signalized intersections. The battery back-up units provide safer operations during power failures and can decrease delays by maintaining the levels of safety and accessibility of the signal system during power outages. An additional advantage is the power efficiencies of LED technology, saving the Village over $15,000 per year through reduced electrical consumption. Benefits Of A Fully Actuated Signal Operation Yosemite/Caley Overall Intersection Average Delay Time Without With Percent Period Detection Detection Improvement 7:00 AM 27.1 sec. 25.1 sec. 7% 9:00 AM 25.4 sec. 15.9 sec. 37% 12:00 PM 30.8 sec. 20.5 sec. 33% 31% 18.1 sec. 26.1 sec. 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 28.9 sec. 27.0 sec. 7% 8:00 PM 24.7 sec. 17.3 sec. 30% To compare the differences, the timing currently programmed throughout the day was analyzed using volumes collected from the signal system. The table shows the improvements of having fully actuated detection. The total intersection delay was determined through modeling of the before and after conditions. This is the average delay for all vehicles passing through the intersection for the defined time period.

Through components in the cabinet at the intersection and the central signal system software at the Public Works Facility, Village staff is alerted when traffic signals go into flash mode or the detection system is not operating correctly. Reports are generated with specific details of how the signal system is operating which allows for a quicker response to signal timing concerns as timing can be changed from the office. Also included in Phase II is improved observation of the signal system. Additional video observation cameras will be installed in 2012 and allow the Village to modify the signal timing from the office and respond to traffic congestion issues. This will be beneficial when accidents occur on I-25 and traffic is detouring onto local streets. Observation capability will also be provided to the Police Department to assist with emergency response.

PHASE III PLANNED FOR 2013 Developing A Signal System That Can Operate On Its Own The third and final phase of the development of an ATMS for Greenwood Village will be to develop a signal system that can operate on its own with minimal input from Village staff. Improvements include mid-block detection at various locations through the Village to provide accurate data for the signal system to operate using traffic adaptive parameters. Once the mid-block detectors are in place and the proper timing plans have been developed, the signal system will be able to appropriately select the proper timing plans based on the traffic data it is receiving in real-time.

FUNDING APPROPRIATED THROUGH CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The ATMS project was implemented in three phases, starting in 2009. Funding was provided through the Village’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) over a five year period, from 2009-2013. The cost of Phase I was $902,000; Phase II, $687,000, and Phase III will be $596,000.



Connecting All Intersections To A Central System Phase II of improving the Village’s traffic signal system is connecting the entire signal system to a central system that can provide improved coordination between signals and keep groups of signals operating efficiently together.

For more information on ATMS or questions about the Village’s traffic signal system, please call Jeremy Hanak, Public Works Manager, at 303-708-6175. You can also watch for updates about the project in a future Newsletter, on Facebook, and the Web at GV M AY 2 0 1 2 |


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Belleview Square Shopping Center • 4940 South Yosemite 303-771-0120 • • Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Blue is a color seen as trustworthy, dependable, and loyal and blue is overwhelmingly a “favorite color” of many. The color of ocean and sky, blue is a constant in our lives; the collective color of the spirit. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic — engaging and expressing exhilaration. In fact, the color blue and even the word “blue” has been shown to be the least “gender specific” color. All of these sensations deeply intrigued Debbie Schewe, owner and founder of Wild Blue Boutique. To deliver her own “personal touch” to the Village community she designed an open and warm blend of colors for her store which relate to customers in a very personal way. She unleashed her unbridled passion for fashion by bringing her own personal dream closet into the Village in October 2011 with the grand opening of Wild Blue Boutique. Her desire was to introduce fashion conscious women to trendy and stylish clothes to make them feel and look fantastic…..and all in a fun and cheerful location! “By blending spirited chic fashion with a touch of country cowgirl flair, our committed Wild Blue Girls welcome the Village community to shop in a hip and trendy boutique without having to “Break the Bank!” exclaimed Debbie. She considers her role as a “retail therapist” to make customers feel good about themselves in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. PG.18

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Her extensive experience is in listening to the needs of her customers and guiding them to just the right item. Wild Blue Boutique can help you complete any look or outfit. From flower emblazoned boots, to sassy and flirty dresses and a whole lot more, Wild Blue Boutique will make you feel at home. A cool retro sign welcomes you into the boutique beginning a fun and fancy shopping excursion. Expert and dependable fashion consultants will personally greet you and commit themselves to outfitting you from head to toe. The dynamic Village community and its appreciation for great service and fun is what appealed to Debbie. Freshly stocked and hand picked fashion and gift items arrive each day to Wild Blue Boutique from diverse locations; and all with eye-catching design. The boutique is constantly evolving to what appeals to her clientele as Debbie visits numerous marts to bring new items to her customers. Their fashion is eclectic, ranging from whimsical dresses to classical cardigans with a diverse selection of stylish jeans, belts, and accessories. Cool Colorado wooden wall hangings, custom made pillows, candles, and unique art pieces adorn the walls making the boutique a most enjoyable meeting place. It’s no surprise that customers who enjoy their time in the boutique frequently help each other to find what they are looking for, share stories and experiences. continued on page 21





A WONDERFUL EVENING AT CHERRY HILLS MARKETPLACE MIX AND MINGLE EVENT The weather was perfect, the food and wine at the Wooden Table exquisite, the champagne and appetizers at Soignee’ matched the elegant attire, the bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company made you want to never eat anything but fresh bread again, but was luckily followed by the healthy and delicious Menchie’s Yogurt. Then, to look good for our first day at school we stopped by Roosters Men’s Grooming Center for some fine beer, great staff, and haircuts before we begged the fine people at Kumon Learning Center to please make us all a lot smarter so we could party even better! In addition to hosting the community for a night of fun, each of these Chamber members generously supplied gift cards for the Spring Treasure Chest drawing which was won by Julie Gibson. Julie is a Senior Account Executive with NexusTek and also an Ambassador with the Greenwood Village Chamber! The Chamber would also like to recognize CBRE, property management company for the Cherry Hills Marketplace Center, for their generous support and participation in the event.

In order to make room for all of the summer events on the Chamber’s calendar, and in consideration of all the volunteers and committees involved, the Chamber Board announced at its last regular Board meeting that it would not hold the GooseChase in 2012, and would move the Annual GooseChase event to August in 2013. It was agreed that the Chamber’s summer events will begin with the Summerfest, which will be held this year on June 9 at The Landmark, followed by the Chamber Golf Tournament at Inverness, held in 2012 on August 16 and in July of 2013, and that the GooseChase should be expanded to a full day and become not only the great family event for which it has become known, but include competitive cycling and running events in the afternoon as well. We invite any comments or suggestions you may have regarding our calendar and events and look forward to seeing everyone at the Chamber throughout the year.

Since 1991, the Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce has served the Southeast Business Corridor through information, education, networking and advocacy. The Greenwood Village Chamber is a valuable resource in growing your business. We support and promote our member businesses and provide opportunities for growth. When you take advantage of the programs, you can: • Learn from the expertise of prominent business professionals • Use an extensive network to promote and grow your business • Share your knowledge to help others • Join forces with local leaders to promote the Southeast Corridor • Give back to the community through special programs and events • Find new and innovative ways to promote your business Visit our Web site at: E-mail us: 7600 Landmark Way, Suite 1615 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Phone: 303-290-9922 Fax: 303-962-4640

GRIDIRON GRILLE OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY On April 18 the proud and very friendly new owners of the Gridiron Grille, Audra Powers and Tony McGuinnis, located at 5650 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Greenwood Village, opened their doors to the community for an afterhours event and ribbon cutting. Chamber members and their guests were treated to appetizers, beverages, and great conversation and stayed well into the evening when Audra and Tony held a commemorative balloon release at sunset honoring the victims of Columbine. We thank Gridiron

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WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO? Property tax is an ad valorem tax that an owner pays on the value of the property being taxed. According to the Arapahoe County Assessor’s office, property values are most often determined by comparing your property with properties that are similar in location, design, size, age, and amenities. The value placed on property for year 2011 was based on sales between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. This is known as the Sales Comparison Approach. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the actual value of the property by the assessment rate and then by the total mill levy. The residential assessment rate is currently 7.96 percent. The assessment rate for all other property, including vacant land is 29 percent. An example for a home valued at $500,000 would be: $500,000 (actual value) x 7.96% (residential assessment rate) x .081265 (mill levy) = $3,234.35 (tax dollars). Mill levies are determined by each individual taxing authority such as the school, county, city, fire, water, sanitation, and recreation districts. A property owner’s total mill levy will depend upon the districts in which their property is located. County taxes are levied by the Board of County Commissioners. City and town taxes are levied by the City Council. Special district taxes are levied by their board of directors, and school taxes are levied by school boards. After the levies are certified to the County Assessor, it is then the duty of the assessor to extend the taxes on property and create the tax warrant roll. Colorado law requires the County Treasurer to mail a notice of property taxes to each owner of record even though a mortgage company may be responsible for payment. Greenwood Village’s mill levy rate is 2.932 mills. This is one of the lowest mill levy rates in the Denver Metro area. As a comparison, Aurora has a mill levy of 10.494 mills, Englewood 7.911 mills, Littleton 6.662 mills, and Centennial 5.047 mills. Keep in mind that these are mill levies for a given city. There are additional mill levies for given districts. The Village’s current mill levy rate of 2.932 equates to approximately $23.34 of property tax per $100,000 market value of a home. The Village’s portion of a typical residential property tax statement is less than four percent of the total amount. Where Do Property Taxes Go? Individual property tax statements for residential and commercial will vary depending upon the districts where a PG. 20

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property is located. Below is an example of a Village residential property tax statement based upon a $500,000 home: TAXING ENTITY TAX LEVY AMOUNT Cherry Creek School District 5 48.825 $1,943.24 Arapahoe County 15.672 $ 623.75 Developmental Disabilities City of Greenwood Village 2.932 $ 116.69 Arapahoe Library District 4.783 $ 190.36 South Metro Fire Rescue District 9.362 $ 372.61 Cherry Creek Village Water District 2.755 $ 109.65 1.248 $ 49.67 Goldsmith Gulch Sanitation District Regional Transportation District 0.000 $ 0.00 Urban Drainage & Flood Control (So Plat) 0.061 $ 2.43 $ 20.22 Urban Drainage & Flood Control District 0.508 West Arapahoe Soil Conservation District 0.000 $ 0.00 86.146 $3,428.62 Totals Why Do Property Taxes Exist? Property taxes are assessed and collected to provide services and fund infrastructure improvements for the various entities. Greenwood Village residential property tax revenues represent approximately 2.9 percent of General Fund revenues. Residential property tax revenues collected by the Village are utilized for services such as residential trash collection. How Do Property Taxes Get Disbursed? Both commercial and residential property taxes in Greenwood Village are remitted directly to Arapahoe County who will disburse to the individual entities listed on your property tax statement. continued on page 21


property tax continued from page 20 When To Pay Property Taxes To Arapahoe County If the tax amount is less than $25, you must pay in total no later than April 30. If the tax amount is greater than $25, you may make two payments. The first payment is due no later than February 28. The second payment is due no later than June 15. If you pay your taxes in one total amount, the payment is due no later than April 30. If your payment is late, delinquent interest is added to the tax amount as mandated by state law. Failure to receive a tax notice does not relieve the owner’s responsibility or liability for paying taxes

on time. For more information about your property tax statement, please call the Arapahoe County Assessor’s Office at 303-795-4600. Questions And Assistance It is the Village’s goal to provide the utmost service in helping taxpayers comply with the Village’s tax laws. A member of Greenwood Village Taxpayer Services is always available to answer your tax questions Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. either by calling our Tax Help Line at 303-486-8299 or visiting Greenwood Village City Hall at 6060 South Quebec Street. GV

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS June 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Summerfest Classic Auto Show, Beer, Wine and Food Festival held at The Landmark, 7600 Landmark Way, and sponsored by Stevinson Automotive.

August 16 — Annual Chamber Golf Tournament held at Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. Check online at for entry information and sponsorship opportunities or call the Chamber at 303-290-9922. GV

business spot light continued from page 18 Have a cup of coffee, water, or catch up and connect with old and new friends, or just relax and unwind at Wild Blue. Both soccer moms and executives can find just what they are looking for. With all of their distinctive and refreshing items, Moms are encouraged to bring their daughters because everyone can find something appealing at Wild Blue Boutique. A variety of gourmet munchies and a refreshing drink are always within reach. The boutique prides itself on being a place for networking, talking, and engaging in conversation, so it is the ideal location for private shopping parties and fundraising events in the Village.

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012 Resident tickets available beginning July 2 at City Hall, 303-486-5766.

Wild Blue Boutique is open for business Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information and to check for upcoming trunk shows featuring local artists, you can view their website at or pay a visit to their convenient location in the Belleview Square Shopping Center at 4940 South Yosemite at the corner of Belleview and Yosemite. “Find your favorite happy place, visit Wild Blue Boutique!” GV M AY 2 0 1 2 |


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Visit WWW.GREENWOODVILLAGE.COM and click on Quick Links for online registration.

ADULT KICKBALL LEAGUE Days and Dates: Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7 Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Village Greens Park, 9301 East Union Avenue Age: 16 years and older Fee: $75/team

FISHING DERBY ENJOYED BY ALL — HOOK, LINE AND SINKER! As the early morning sun began to rise on Saturday, April 28, 2012 several families bundled in coats and mittens scouted out their fishing spot and waited for the 6:30 a.m. bell to sound. At 6:30 a.m. your choices were to throw your line in the water or get something warm to drink. As the sun began to warm up the fishermen, Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Council Members Bette Todd and Gary Kramer were flippin' pancakes! Families enjoyed pancakes, sausage, juice and hot cocoa under the warming tent. At one point there was a crowd watching the mayor flip pancakes over the table and onto plates! It was estimated that 60 trout were pulled out of Tommy Davis Pond on Saturday. Several maintenance workers were on hand to clean the fish for the kids and place them on ice. Two tagged fish were caught — kids brought the tag on the fish over to the prize booth and received a fishing themed prize. There were several poles, tackle boxes and age appropriate gifts. There are still several tagged fish in the pond. If you or a friend (child) catches a fish, please bring the tag over to City Hall and the Parks, Trails and Recreation staff will let you pick out a prize. A great community event with over 200 residents enjoying a day in the sun, visiting with their neighbors, grabbing a bite to eat and hoping for a bite! GV

Get some exercise while reliving your playground glory days in a friendly game of kickball! Teams are coed and must have minimum of eight or a maximum of 11 players in the field. Teams may play a maximum of six men in the field, with no maximum number of female players. Teams are allowed to bat as many people as they want. All players must be at least 16-years-old. Register online at For more information call the Arts and Recreation Division at 303-486-5773.

T-BALL Days: Mondays Session I: June 11, 18, 25 Session II: July 9, 16, 23 Time: 9:15-10 a.m. Location: Silo Park, 9300 East Orchard Road Age: 4-5 years old Fee: $30/session or $55 for both includes participation prize Limit: 25 participants/session Our youth T-Ball “FUN”damentals program is designed to put the fun back into playing sports. Staff will use imaginative games, fun experiences and zany activities to teach the skills of baseball. Throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and fitness activities will be introduced in this program. All equipment will be provided by the staff. Come enjoy an atmosphere where youth will learn a skill, make a friend and get a little exercise through healthy activities. Parents are welcome to stay and watch. Register online at For more information call the Arts and Recreation Division at 303-486-5773.

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APRIL AND POETRY We all remember Walt Whitman and Robert Frost and now we can add another great poet to the annals of literary history — David Mason, Colorado’s Poet Laureate. If you thought that poetry was just for those days where you feel the need for meditation, think again. David Mason delivered his poetry with passion and drama. He took us through drama in his “Ludlow,” a verse novel about the violence in American labor in the early 1900s. He has written poetry, verse novels and now the libretto for Lori Laitman’s opera of “The Scarlet Letter,” which will be premiered at Opera Colorado in May 2013. The evening began with 8 l/2 year old Villager Maggie Petersen, who read her sister Kate’s poem, not attending due to illness, and her own. We listened to Laura Chiaramonti, who forgot her shyness when she began to read her poem; Kevin Cray; Hilary DePolo and then Suzanne Lee. Added to the mix was music by harpist Rebecca Moritzky and Poetry in Motion, painting by Craig Marshall Smith. David Mason was pleased with the ambience of the Curtis Center and the combination of all the arts — literature, music and visual art — a great way to celebrate Poetry Month. SCHOOL by Kate Petersen S uper awesome teachers, C hildren always fun, Havin’ a good time learnin’, O utside for recess, O ver already? L earnin’ sure is a lot of fun! The Big Old Tree by Maggie Petersen I thought it would be safe To climb the big, old tree, But I crashed into a beehive And got stung by a bee.

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EVERYONE STARRED AT CHERRY CREEK EXCELLENCE IN ART Friday night was a night to remember “Cherry Creek Excellence in Art.” If there is any doubt that art plays a role in developing a child, step over to Curtis and look at the variety of art. Key to the art is the abundance of imagination and innovation — art without fear and inhibition — the freedom to create something no one else has done. Over 280 students, teachers and family members exhibited their pride and astonishment at the diversity of the images on and off the wall. From elementary to high school, the talents on display documented ceramics, jewelry, and painting in all media. The Eaglecrest High School Chamber Orchestra added to the excitement of the evening. GV

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