Big plans in the works for RiNo District

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

Bernard Hurley owns six acres near the area of North 38th and Chestnut streets. 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 a portion of his land to the new Blue Moon Brewery & Restaurant. Blue Moon opened 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 last weekend, when he and AEG Live-Rocky Mountains held the first 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, vegetables 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 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.

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 Nov. 17 and will pick up again in 2017.

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