In December, the National Park Service (NPS) and The Conservation Fund finalized a purchase to add 2,494 acres to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Located near the visitor center and along the south rim of the canyon, this addition to the park will provide access for additional recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and potential utility improvements in the park, which saw over 300,000 visitors in 2017.
The city's Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan was formally adopted in late December after months of public, city council and staff input.
The city's consultant, Logan Simpson, held three public hearings, met with a citizens' advisory committee four times, and reviewed surveys mailed to every household in Delta and available online to every resident of Delta County.
Paonia trustees unanimously approved termination of the town parks maintenance contract with Mikel Altenhofen, effective Dec. 31. Altenhofen was one year into a three-year, $41,928-per-year contract with the town to maintain and irrigate the town's four public parks, which total about 15 acres.
After numerous adjustments and cuts totaling about $165,000, the Town of Paonia presented a balanced draft budget for fiscal year 2018 at Tuesday night's public budget hearing. The statutorily required hearing was to be held during the regularly-scheduled meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday, Nov. 14.
An update on the master plan being developed for the city's parks, trails, recreation and open space was provided to members of Delta City Council and a citizens' advisory group last week.
The city contracted with the Fort Collins firm of Logan Simpson to develop the plan with input from a community survey, public visioning sessions, focus groups and city staff.
A survey targeting the city's open spaces, parks and trails yielded data about the most utilized facilities -- picnic areas and trails -- and a "wish list" for additional amenities that includes climbing features, outdoor water play areas and additional trails/connectivity.
The survey was mailed to city residents and made available online to anyone who wanted to offer input on the city's parks and recreation master plan.
The City of Delta recently mailed surveys to all city residents, seeking input on the city's parks, recreation and trails master plan. The results of the survey will help shape the future spending and priorities of the parks department.
The City of Delta's parks department kicked off a months-long planning process to address future development of parks, trails and recreational opportunities last week with a community open house. The process of gathering community input, drafting a list of potential projects and devising a plan of action will take the rest of the year, said Kristina Kachur, one of the consultants with the firm Logan Simpson from Fort Collins, which has been hired to guide the city through the process.
Area residents are invited to offer input on needs/wants for city parks, trails, recreation and open space during an open house Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Montrose has a kayak park. Palisade is working on the "plunge." The City of Delta doesn't want to copy those ideas, but is looking for unique features to enhance its parks, open space and trails.
"We only have so many dollars and a small staff," said Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta.
The community of Hotchkiss seems to be in a single frame of mind: improvement, improvement, improvement. From applying for the Colorado Main Street Program to help with economic development, to hosting a variety of events to bring people to town, it seems as if every entity -- the chamber, the town government, the downtown merchants group -- are all working cohesively toward the future, and the future is bright.
At the Dec. 13 board meeting, Paonia town trustees unanimously approved a three-year contract for Mikel "Mike" Altenhofen to maintain the town's public parks.
The contract is for $41,928 per year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2019.
Orchard City's free use town park is a point of pride for the community. It receives many compliments by users who visit from around the region and across the state.
When Mother Nature turns up the heat, it's time for some family fun at an area lake. Fortunately for Delta County residents, the three state parks -- Crawford, Sweitzer and Paonia -- provide a boatload of options. From water skiing, fishing, swimming, to picnicking under shady trees, these parks provide welcome relief from the hot summer sun.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations for boating, fishing, hunting and off-highway vehicle use are available now for 2016-17 at license agents, CPW offices and online at http://cpw.state.co.us/.
Anglers are reminded that they must purchase a 2016 fishing license, which will be valid through March 31, 2017.
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