Mary Hockenbery of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission coordinated the Hotchkiss downtown planting project that happened last Saturday morning.
She worked with the business owners who were willing to have barrels of flowers placed in front of their establishments and to take care of them.
Wine barrels were donated by Nancy Hassett from a vineyard she purchased about six years ago.
"It went so quickly. It was like a whirlwind," Hockenbery said about the flower planting.
She had one group start at 7:30 a.m. who placed the barrels in front of businesses. They also put plastic in the bottom of the barrels, weed barrier and potting soil. Then they watered the soil.
Then at 9 a.m. groups came in and planted between 15 and 18 flowers in each barrel. The flowers came from High Country Gardens who also helped with the design and planning of the project to beautify downtown.
With all the help of the volunteers everything was completed by mid-morning.
This was the kick off of the Hotchkiss Downtown and Highway Corridor Improvement Plan.
The second phase of the plan has also started. Residents can pick up a survey at the First State Bank of Colorado, Hotchkiss Library, Car Quest, Hotchkiss Town Hall and the Creamery Arts Center. The survey asks, "What do you like about downtown? What do you think needs improvement?"
Tom Wills of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission said the survey is divided into three areas — the core area, the area from Oak and the area from Third. At the end of the survey, people are asked to dream big and write down what they would like to see happen in Hotchkiss if anything were possible.
Then according to Wills, a plan will be written from the comments shared and based on what the town can afford to do and what is practical.blog comments powered by Disqus