New proposal for Denver’s RiNo District

DENVER – Denver’s newly transformed RiNo (River North) District has become a hot spot for both transplants and natives moving into the city. Now, a developer who’s helping bring that area to life says he wants to turn it into what Denver’s 16th Street Mall ‘used to be’.

Bernard Hurley owns six of acres of land near the area of 38th and Chestnut. He’s looking to turn it into an entertainment mecca called ‘Hurley’s Place’ with live music venues, apartment buildings, shops, a bike-in movie theater, a river walk and a large-scale promenade.

“We’re just excited to create this sense of place that we feel does not exist in the city right now!” Hurley said.

Hurley leased out a portion of his land to the new Blue Moon Brewery & Restaurant. Blue Moon opened its doors two months ago.

“As much as we love the area right now, we love the thoughts of what it’s going to be,” said Douglas Mace, Blue Moon’s Restaurant Manager.

While the project is still in its early phases, Hurley said ‘Phase 0’ kicked off this past weekend, when Hurley and AEG Live-Rocky Mountains held the 1st annual RiNo Musical Festival on Hurley’s property.

According to Hurley, more than 4,000 attendees went to the festival.

The project will take five years to complete, Hurley said.

Farm to table

In Denver on Monday, some of Colorado’s top farmers and agricultural leaders attended a Farm to Table luncheon to discuss the journey it takes for food to get from their farms to peoples’ tables.

The luncheon featured some locally grown dishes, including chicken, veggies and fruit. One of the things farmer Michael Hirakata (of Hirakata Farms) said people find interesting is the existence of a certain fruit!

"That we actually grow yellow watermelons! Everybody thinks it's a pineapple and they taste it and then they say, 'Wow! That's a watermelon!' Looks weird, but it tastes wonderful!" said Hirakata

The event was put on by Colorado Proud.

Trail maintenance at the Flatirons

If you’re out and about hiking the Flatirons in Boulder anytime soon, give a big old ‘thank you’ to the maintenance workers fixing up the trails.

A crew of about 10 people is fixing up the first and second flat iron trails; especially the steep trails leading to the switchbacks.

The city of Boulder said the damage is from the 2013 floods, as well as wear and tear from visitor traffic.

Work will continue on the trails until November 17 and will pick up again in 2017.