If you could improve the North Fork Valley for the benefit of the public, what would you improve? Looking at what is here now, would you build a recreation center with a pool? Create a pedestrian and bicycle trails system? Improve local senior centers? Where would you build, and how would you pay for it?
The North Fork Creative Coalition is holding a series of public scoping sessions to address those and other questions through a $5,000 grant from the Orton Family Foundation. They are reaching out to a broad demographic to help identify the cultural and community assets that are here, and to identify areas that can be improved upon.
Once complete, they plan to create on-line map marking each of the cultural assets identified through the meetings. The map would be available for public presentations and planning, and would give people considering a move to the area a better understanding of the many resources available.
The NFVCC is one of 18 creative districts certified by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade. The NFVCC promotes all creative industries in the valley, from traditional arts to agriculture, retail businesses to the healing arts.
The coalition wants to know how it can support the community in improving upon what is already here and identify what is most needed, said NFVCC board president Susie Kaldis Lowe. There is no set agenda; rather the coalition wants to focus on tangible projects as identified by the public.
There's also no time like the present. With the Delta County Master Plan revision underway, people are already thinking about what they'd like to see in the area, said Kaldis Lowe.
The next public meeting will be held from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Creek Vista Senior Center, 446 Vista Drive, Paonia, with a final presentation on the findings to be announced in late August.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.