A two-mile stretch of the Gunnison River between Confluence and Cottonwood parks has been the subject of a study intended to spur economic development in the Delta area. Community members are invited to preview a conceptual draft of the study and to provide feedback Thursday, June 9, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Representatives of RiverRestoration Inc., the firm which prepared the draft, will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide details and hear what community members have to say.
The preliminary engineering study was funded by a $100,000 DOLA grant, and is part of a broader economic recovery plan taking shape across Delta County.
Better City, a consultant employed by the City of Delta, Delta County Economic Development and Region 10, identified the city's inactive riverfront as a "significant opportunity to develop recreational assets that will reposition the community as a destination attraction and community of choice for employers and their associated workforce."
It's believed the riverfront property at the entrance to Delta has potential as a "gateway project" that could attract private investment, including a nationally branded hotel.
The draft plan addresses river amenities including trails, camping, scenic overlooks, green space, access points and recreational opportunities.
There's also an opportunity to capitalize on five small lakes within the project area that could accommodate waterskiing, wakeboarding, boating, sailing, personal watercraft and beach activities.
Fishing areas, picnic and playground areas, interpretive stations, and boardwalks across wetland areas are other elements that could be incorporated into a long-range plan to revitalize both the north and south sides of the river corridor.
The conceptual drawings can be viewed on the city's website, www.cityofdelta.net.