Pocket park proposed on Bridge Street lot

By Tamie Meck

A long-vacant piece of Bridge Street property could soon be transformed into a beautiful pocket park.

Hotchkiss resident Linda Cannon came before the Hotchkiss council last Thursday to garner support for a park at Second and Bridge streets just north of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum. Cannon said she is in the early stages of organizing a group to purchase the vacant lot from First State Bank of Colorado. "I think it would be a really beautiful thing for the town," said Cannon, a local realtor and Hotchkiss High School graduate.

Cannon said it's her dream to create a park that would enhance the town and include a picnic area, maybe a stage or other amenities.

There is a lot of interest in the project, said Cannon. The Outdoors Alive organization has already offered to donate a flag pole. With the town's help, said Cannon, who presented a conceptual drawing of the park to trustees, the group could apply for Colorado Lottery funds. Don Chance, with First State Bank, attended the meeting and said the bank is supportive of the concept and is working with the group.

"My goal is to bring more sense of community and (create) a place where the community can gather and where visitors can stop and relax in Hotchkiss," said Cannon.

Mayor pro tem Larry Jakubiak asked if they could include the adjacent lot where the Coyote drive-in was located in their plans. "Oh, I'd love to," said Cannon.

Anyone interested in contributing to the project can visit the Pack Shack or call Cannon at 872-5555.