Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by community members and National Western Center founding partners Colorado State University, National Western Stock Show, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and History Colorado, today honored the two-year anniversary of voter approval for Measure 2C. The ceremony recognized the progress by thanking Denver voters for supporting the measure, which provides funding for phases 1 and 2 of the National Western Center master plan. The event included remarks from Swansea resident and Bruce Randolph student freshman Ana Campos.
“Two years ago, Denver residents overwhelmingly said ‘yes’ to the vision of the National Western Center, and today, we begin to realize that vision and deliver on that promise,” Mayor Hancock said. “That vote of confidence, and the phenomenal work of all the campus partners, has led us to this ceremony and the bright future for this campus and this community.”
The National Western Center, when complete, will transform the National Western Complex site into a year-round global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation. The Center’s global reach will also have a powerful local impact by increasing neighborhood access to the South Platte River, adding bike lanes and running trails, and providing jobs and educational opportunities to surrounding neighborhood residents.
“We celebrate the next 100 years of agriculture and the promising future of our western heritage for generations to enjoy,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “With the completion of the Master Plan and framework agreement for the NW Center, a sustainable business model is in place to strengthen the National Western Stock Show for centuries, to be enjoyed by exhibitors and attendees from all over the world.”
The Framework Agreement signed in September solidifies the responsibilities of each partner. The City and County of Denver is responsible for designing and building phases 1 and 2. By the end of 2017, the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center will complete the program structure to include schedule and other elements associated with all campus construction for phases 1 and 2.
“Today signifies a milestone for the National Western Center, and a furtherance of the unified efforts that have created the vision for this project,” said Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System. “CSU has been working with partners in the community for several years now, and the university is honored to continue our long-term commitment to this area.”
The ceremony is followed by a family-friendly community appreciation celebration today, November 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216. The event is free and open to the public, and includes food, entertainment from DJ Javi, and programmatic offerings with hands-on activities from Colorado State University, National Western Stock Show, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado.
Site preparation along Brighton Boulevard between 44th Avenue and Race Court will be the first visible campus activity, and will complete work necessary to initiate improvements along the corridor. Construction will begin following the January 2018 National Western Stock Show. Project benefits on Brighton Boulevard will include improvements on public property, including travel and turn lanes, new curbs, gutter and pavement, protected bike lanes, pedestrian amenities, improved utilities, as well as drainage and water quality improvements.
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