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Week Of Special Interest 08/05/20
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By La Voz Staff

Elitch Gardens not allowed to open

In response to the State’s Executive Order prohibiting the operation of amusement parks due to COVID-19 and undetermined timelines for the easing of such restrictions, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park that it has made the difficult decision to not open for the 2020 season. Park ownership and management are disappointed not to be able to entertain the more than one million guests who visit the Park every season and regret not being able to hire the 1,400+ people normally employed each summer.

Park management has spent months consulting with industry experts and government officials to develop a comprehensive plan, including new sanitation and social distancing protocols, that would allow the Park to operate safely. Management has also spent a considerable amount of resources training employees, inspecting rides, filling pools, and sprucing up the property, all in anticipation of opening day. Unfortunately, despite management’s substantial efforts, the Park has been unable to obtain government approval to open. As a result, Elitch Gardens will remain closed in 2020.

“We are terribly saddened that for the first time in 130 years Elitch Gardens will not be allowed to entertain families from throughout our region,” said David Dorman, General Manager at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. “I know that we have all felt the frustration and impacts of this pandemic. We appreciate the support of our community and look forward to welcoming our guests and team members back in 2021.”

Pre-purchased 2020 Season Passes will automatically be transferred over to a 2021 VIP Season Pass. Numerous other perks are being added and have been shared with Season Pass holders via personal emails. All 2020 single-day tickets pre-purchased will be transferred to the 2021 season as well. No action is required by ticket and pass holders, the transfer is automatic. Pass holders and ticket holders with specific questions should email to with the guest name and purchase confirmation number. The Park looks forward to welcoming guests back in 2021 for our 130th Anniversary Celebration 2.0.

Vanessa Wilson named Aurora Police Chief

City Manager Jim Twombly announced that he is appointing Vanessa Wilson as Aurora’s new Chief of Police. The Aurora Mayor and City Council voted 10-1 to approve the city manager’s selection this evening at its regular meeting.

Twombly stated, “I believe Vanessa is the right person with the right skills to lead the Aurora Police Department at this time. As Interim Chief she has already taken steps to begin to restore trust between the department and the community. We heard from members of the community that she has the qualities that Aurora needs today and in the future.”

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis and Treasurer Dave Young sent a letter urging members of Colorado’s Congressional Delegation to provide additional funding in the next stimulus package in areas that will protect the health and wellbeing of Coloradans.

“We want to reiterate our appreciation for the CARES Act funding and direct, immediate aid that was necessary. This funding was crucial in providing relief to families and small businesses, unemployment benefits and support, and additional funding for state and local aid.” Gov. Polis and Treasurer Young write in the letter.

Denver Mayor

Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) is launching a pilot program that will incentivize five 100 percent affordable housing projects and five projects that build according to the new Denver Green Code. The pilot was announced at Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s annual State of the City address on Monday.

“With our economic recovery, we need to remove barriers holding back our residents from the prosperity they’ve earned,” Mayor Hancock said. “We have an economy to rebuild, and we need to do it with more opportunity for the people of our city. This pilot shows where our priorities are.”





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