Inside the Chamber: Look for monumental changes in 2017 |

Inside the Chamber: Look for monumental changes in 2017

The ringtone on my phone is “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” It’s not a reminder as much as the way I try to conduct my daily life. I’m an optimist, and as such, I like to stay on the sunny side. In Glenwood Springs, we have so much for which to be excited and optimistic. There are monumental changes happening in our community over this year that will shape our future in the most positive ways.

In a few short months, the new pedestrian bridge from Sixth to Seventh streets will be open. Its construction has been a steady reminder of the influence of positive change in the downtown core. I can already imagine the beautiful view and the access it will allow our visitors and residents.

There are also several improvement projects in the works for lodging properties in Glenwood Springs. The old Ramada Inn is being transformed into a La Quinta Inn and Suites and is due to officially change its brand this spring.

The Hotel Colorado will remain with its current ownership and management company, who have announced that renovations of the historic property will begin while the hotel stays open to serve guests. This is great news for Glenwood Springs, because this property is known across the globe as an iconic and historic hotel that is a must see, if not a must stay location.

Another exciting announcement came from the lodging community, when owners of the Hotel Denver purchased the historic Redstone Castle and announced their plans to restore it, expand the current tours and renovate the property for overnight stays and special events.

The addition of a new themed ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has likewise recently been announced. Owners of this thriving business on Iron Mountain are ever innovating. Not only will the new Haunted Mine Drop thrill ride be themed (like those at Universal Studios and Disney parks), but it will be the first of its kind in the world. This new ride is part of other major investments that will improve the main building and entrance to the park.

Let’s not forget the most iconic enhancement to the face of Glenwood Springs. The new Grand Avenue bridge is already far along in the construction process. It is thrilling to see the footings and retaining walls go up and to hear and see how the new bridge alignment will create a more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically appealing shopping and dining destination on both sides of the Colorado River.

It is a monumental construction project, but the dirt and noise will dissipate before the end of 2017 and the bridge will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. In concert with this new monument, the Downtown Development Authority has plans to add its enlightened touch to the corridors on Sixth and Seventh Streets as well as developing the area under the bridge.

In parting, here’s a thought from pro golfer Arnold Palmer: “The road to success is always under construction.” Here’s to the dreamers and the doers of Glenwood Springs. Thank you for believing in and contributing to the success of this thriving community. I for one, am excited to be here during these exhilarating times.

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