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.
The Hotchkiss planning commission is working on improvement, too. Most recently, the commission was successful in getting approval by the town trustees to rename two pocket parks in town, creating welcoming public spaces. While it may seem like a small thing on the surface, the re-naming of the parks is a step forward and falls in line with the town's master plan, which encompasses a downtown improvement and highway corridor improvement plan.
The first pocket park is between Pat's Bar & Grill and The Rose, and has been officially named the Barnie-Fair Pocket Park, named for the Barnie family, who operated a grocery store in one of the buildings. The cozy space today showcases planter boxes, picnic benches and a map of the county.
The second park is located between 122 and 142 E. Bridge Street. The park has been renamed the Julia Ferry Littlefield Memorial Pocket Park. The name comes from the late Julie Littlefield, who renovated the building to hold the Buffalo Collection. Among her many other contributions to the community, Littlefield made the first improvements to the lot beside her store, helping create a shady place that is a breath of fresh air off the busy main thoroughfare of town.
With the approval of the re-name, new signage will be placed at each location.