Garfield County expanding downtown parking |

Garfield County expanding downtown parking

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Work began this week on a combination of projects that Garfield County officials hope will bring at least partial relief to the perpetual downtown Glenwood Springs parking crunch.

Gould Construction has been contracted to pave a narrow, county-owned vacant lot on Seventh Street, between Grand and Colorado avenues. It ultimately will connect to an adjacent small parking lot at the northwestern corner of Seventh and Colorado.

The new, combined lot will feature a sidewalk along its eastern edge, stretching from Seventh Street to the alleyway that leads to Grand Avenue next to the Italian Underground restaurant, as part of a planned downtown beautification project.

Gould also has been hired to demolish two houses along Pitkin Avenue, adjacent to the existing mixed-use parking lot at the corner of Pitkin and Eighth, which currently is half public, half for county employees.

The idea, according to the commissioners, is to enlarge the lot and convert it to use by county employees only, thereby freeing up on-street, parallel parking spaces for public use.

“The reality is, it’s utilized, a lot of the time, by county employees,” Garfield County Public Works Director Betsy Suerth said of the line of public parking spaces that front on Eighth Street.

An agreement between the county and the city to reserve those 11 spaces for public use recently expired and was not renewed.

Work on the lot at Eighth and Pitkin is not scheduled to begin for several weeks, said Suerth.

Meanwhile, county government officials will initiate talks next week with Glenwood Springs officials about nearby piece of city-owned property, a parking lot in the middle of the 700 block of Colorado Avenue, according to Suerth.

The Garfield County commissioners are seeking a coordinated approach with the city for the entire northwestern portion of that block, in order to more efficiently use the relatively tight space for pubic parking.

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