Council to consider downtown parking changes |

Council to consider downtown parking changes

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” As many as 71 downtown parking spaces allotted for all-day parking could be shifted to two-hour spaces.

The Glenwood Springs City Council will consider the changes at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

The two parking lots that could be affected by the legislation are at the corner of 7th Street and Colorado Avenue and at the corner of 9th Street and Cooper Avenue.

The recommendation to change the parking lot rules came from the city’s Parking Task Force and will be considered by council tonight.

If the plan is approved, all 47 spaces at the 7th Street and Colorado Avenue parking lot would switch from all-day parking to two-hour parking.

At the other lot, which is located behind the U.S. Forest Service building, the first two rows, or 24 spaces, would be restricted to two-hour parking.

The task force also recommended widening the pedestrian ramp that connects the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge to the wing street area.

“The Task Force supports the widening of the pedestrian ramp adjacent to the Grand Avenue Bridge, making Glenwood Springs more pedestrian friendly,” the memo said.

“With the widening of the ramp, eight two-hour spaces will be lost, but the 71 additional two-hour spaces created in the nearby lots offsets the loss of those eight spaces.”

If the plan is implemented, all-day parking will be allowed at the new city recycling center at 10th and School streets, former site of the Garfield County shops.

Also on the agenda, City Council will:

– Appoint Victor Zerbi as municipal judge and Sherry Caloia as the associate municipal judge, each for a two-year term.

– Consider whether to join the Northwest Council of Governments.

– Hear a request of funding for rest rooms at the new Sopris Park, to serve the new ballfields near Sopris Elementary School.

– Consider an ordinance that would provide economic incentives for businesses.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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