Glenwood Springs DDA Seeks Input on Downtown Vision
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) wants to hear from the public about several improvement possibilities. The group held a focus gathering Monday evening to discuss improvement plans for several portions of the downtown area. Executive director of the Glenwood Springs DDA, Leslie Bethel, said, "We hired this team to help us look at how we could improve the area around the bridge, and just make it more exciting and vibrant." Their ultimate goal is a lively and welcoming downtown. "In 33-feet we can put restaurant patios out there, we could set up farmer's market type activities or art fairs," said Chris Geddes with Studio Insight. "Again, a really wide sidewalk that would be a great connection for people to walk from the hotels over to the pool, past new retail establishments," said Bethel. "Big ideas to create streets that are a lot more friendly," Geddes said. With plans for a new bridge in Glenwood Springs, comes new opportunities. Bethel said, "Sixth Street is really going to change form. It's going to have far less cars. It has 20,000 cars today, it could go down to about 3,000 in the future. So we want to make it like a village street." "But also to imagine how that street can serve as a conduit for pedestrians, for visitors, and really to create some energy and excitement," said Geddes. By putting money into the streets, planners believe the local economy will get a boost "If we are able to create a lively street-scape, a lively area where people can engage with one another in a comfortable safe manor, then businesses will come," said Geddes. They are looking forward to making the downtown beat a little more vibrantly. Officials with the DDA want to hear from the public as they move forward. Their next step will be finding funds for the project.