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OWN column: Westside Neighbors Picnic July 16 at Community Center

       By Welling Clark, President, Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN)

       Join the Westside Community Center and the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) for our 16th annual Westside Neighbors Picnic, Saturday, July 16 from noon to 2 p.m. OWN's Terry Brunette will man the grill, cooking up brats and dogs. We will also have lemonade and water, watermelons and side dishes.
A photo from the 2015 Westside Neighbors Picnic shows people eating at the tables and chairs set up in the grassy area along the 1600 block of West Bijou Street.
Westside Pioneer file photo

       We ask that attendees bring side dishes such as salads, vegetables, and desserts, but this is optional and we'll let you in whether you bring one or not!
       Entertainment will again feature the well known and talented John Wise trio. Booths will offer information about financial planning, Colorado Springs Utilities, public safety and more.
       The event will be in the grassy area outside the center, located at 17th and Bijou streets (the former Buena Vista school). Parking is available from the alley off 17th Street (between Bijou and Platte). At last year's picnic, OWN enjoyed food, music and conversation with more than 120 of our Westside neighbors.
       Tours of the Westside Community Center and its services will be given before and after the picnic. Come and see what you might have been missing!

       First-ever 'bicycle summit' at UCCS
       More than 250 people gathered at UCCS June 3 to discuss making Colorado Springs a bicycle-friendly and safe community. There were activities for bicycle riders as well as non-riders who wanted to learn about the impacts of bicycle-riding in the city.
       The keynote speaker was Randy Neufeld, a Chicago-based cycling consultant and international policy advisor. Neufeld's suggestions, based on positive experiences in cities around the nation and world, include “complete streets” that are safe for all players: motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
       Also speaking was Colorado Springs bicycle planner Kate Brady, who talked about the importance of updating the city's bicycling master plan. She sees great opportunity here after previously overseeing a successful bicycle plan in Oklahoma City.
       OWN will follow plans for two-laning Colorado Avenue through Old Colorado City to see that they meet the recommended criteria for complete street design to assure our avenue is safe for all players.

       OWN contact info
       OWN is a volunteer advocacy group for the older Westside. For more information, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.

(Posted 7/3/16; Opinion: Guest Columns)

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