I had a dream last night. I dreamt I was driving east on I-70 and took the new SH 82 exit heading south toward Aspen. The smooth driving exit from the "single point diamond" (known as an "urban diamond" in Phoenix) was easy to use. Heading south, I noticed how a "green belt" had been developed along the highway, and the high retaining wall skirting the side toward town had a façade depicting the history of Glenwood Springs from the days of Indians and trappers to the present. On the side toward the river, mounds had been constructed and landscaped to provide noise attenuation for residents across the river. A new bikeway bridge across the Roaring Fork was being utilized for access to the high school, bikeway system, and downtown. After parking in the small park near 23rd Street, I unloaded my bicycle and rode the bikeway back the river. This was an especially enjoyable experience since the new trail was now located along the edge of the river bluff with several resting spots where stairs provided easy access to the river. I sat on a bench and contemplated how the new bikeway was better than the old, which ran adjacent to abandoned railway tracks.
Leaving the park, I negotiated the roundabout at 23rd Street and headed north on Grand Avenue. I was amazed at the changes made to the main boulevard through downtown. Reducing the traffic volumes and eliminating most of the trucks had allowed the street to be reduced to two lanes with angle parking, generous landscaping, benches, and even curbed bulbs at street crossings reducing the width of street to be crossed by pedestrians. The Grand Avenue scene had become peaceful. As I approached the river bridge, I could see that it had been restored to its original two-lane configuration with nice wide lanes. A wider sidewalk on the east side provided a better connection to the pedestrian bridge crossing the river.
If only city council members and other governmental officials could share this dream of the future Glenwood Springs.
On behalf of the Wilderness Workshop, we'd like to thank everyone who attended the recent public meetings in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale about the Thompson Divide.
Our valley community spoke with one voice that we do not want to see oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide. We told the BLM not to "suspend" (prolong) the oil and gas leases there, and instead to let them expire on schedule.
The campaign to save the Thompson Divide is now entering an exciting new phase. Last week, more than 400 people attended the screenings of the film "Bidder 70" and brainstormed how to capture all this positive energy and turn it into a citizens' movement.
Please get involved. Do you have creative talents that can help draw attention to the cause? Do you love a parade? Are you up for organizing a rally? Can you suggest new ways to get the word out via social media? The Thompson Divide needs you.
We want to empower citizens to develop their own fun, creative, bold actions to help take the message all the way to Washington, DC.
To get involved, please sign up at www.wildernessworkshop.org, or call the Wilderness Workshop office at 963-3977.
Oh, and for all of you who missed "Bidder 70" because of the fashion show - we're doing an encore screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Third Street Center. See you there.
Dave Reed and Will Roush