In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Confluence Park, the city's parks crew has been busy clearing away invasive trees, rebuilding the handicap-accessible fishing peninsula, and constructing a new dock on the east side of the lake. Several new fitness stations have been erected along the red rock trail, and at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, a water feature is a memorial to longtime city gardener Raymond Tetreault. Dedication of the water feature is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 2, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the fishing peninsula at 11 a.m.
In between, there will be lots of activities to celebrate the park's anniversary. There's a bike rodeo in the Lions Pavilion parking lot (10 a.m. to noon), dog agility demonstrations (9 to 10 a.m. in the dog park), sand volleyball competition, archery and disc golf demonstrations, a climbing wall and a search-and-rescue obstacle course. The fun is primarily scheduled during the morning, but paddleboards and kayaks will be available on the east shore of the lake until 2 p.m.
Join the Elks for lunch behind the recreation center (available for a nominal fee). An art/photography show is scheduled in the Lions Pavilion from 9 to 2, and a poker walk from 9 to 10 a.m. is sponsored by the trumpet section of the Delta High School marching band.
Try your hand at pickleball on the tennis courts (8 a.m. to noon) and stop by Fort Uncompahgre to watch Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by the Boy Scouts.
As noted in the DCI in July 3, 1991, "It doesn't take long to recognize that Confluence Park is something special. It is also amazingly varied."
Confluence Park is known as the "gem" of the city. With a bit of polish, it's poised to shine well into the future.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.