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May 19 news: Help needed to put up new Safe Outdoor Space for Denver's homeless and more

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and happy Thursday, Denverites.

Welcome back to another edition of the Denver Daily Roundup. Today is Thursday, May 19.

The Mile High City will see drastically different weather over the next two days, with a near-record high of around 90 Thursday, 24 hours before the rain, thunderstorms and snow blast the metro area Friday. The high-temperature Friday will reach near 49, roughly 41 degrees cooler than Thursday's high.

Without further ado, let's take a closer look at some of the top and local stories from the NewsBreak Denver team you should be aware of this Thursday:

1. Colorado Village Collaborative need help building new Safe Outdoor Space in Denver

The non-profit Colorado Village Collaborative is seeking individuals to help build a new safe outdoor space for people in Denver experiencing homelessness.

The new space will stand on an empty lot at 221 Federal Blvd. near 2nd Ave. Volunteers should wear steel-toed boots and bring a hard hat, gloves, tape measure, water and more. The spaces consist of durable tent communities with heat and electricity surrounded by a security fence with a locked gate.

In late January, Denver's Public Safety, Education, Housing and Homelessness Committee approved $3.9 million for the collaborative to operate four safe outdoor spaces in the city through 2022, NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reported.

2. Skyline Park opens roller skating and beer garden Friday

The Downtown Denver Partnership's City Skate outdoor roller rink opens at 11 a.m. Saturday at Skyline Park and will remain open through Oct. 2.

NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported that the Skyline Beer Garden will also return Saturday. The garden will have rotating taps from Colorado breweries throughout the season. Skating on the rink and mini golf is free.

Hours run 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from May 21 through Oct. 2.

3. Colorado districts face declining enrollment, DougCo no exception

Aurora public schools announced Wednesday that the district will close two elementary schools due to a decline in enrollment. Jefferson County schools said recently that over half of its elementary schools are under-enrolled.

Things are similar for DougCo public schools, where enrollment is down 5.3% since 2016. A decline in enrollment means less money for districts and potential school shutdowns and layoffs, according to NewsBreak Denver's Suzie Glassman.

The DougCo district Long Range Planning Committee, along with DCSD staff and the consulting firm Western Demographics will analyze school capacity and make recommendations based on changes to the county's population.

4. Aurora delays funding youth violence programs
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Aurora City Council delayed funding youth violence programs on Monday despite acknowledging youth in the city get shot nearly every day.

Aurora intends on giving $500,000 to local nonprofits in an attempt to end youth violence. City staff presented a list of proposed grantees Monday but some council members said they would not support the choices, NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reported.

The proposed list includes things like the court's juvenile assessment program and life lessons in a boxing ring. Aurora plans to give 80 percent of the funds to programs and nonprofits that intervene with troubled city youth.

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