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Gimme shelter: Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs gets picnic upgrade

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Submitted PhotoTodd's Welding of Rifle installs the new shelter for the barbecue grills at Veltus Park. The community-supported project was spearheaded by the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club is improving the picnic structure at Veltus Park. And according to incoming president Joe O’Donnell, the project couldn’t have been completed without the help of the community.

“With the generous donations of the vendors and the labor of the Kiwanians, we were able to do this,” O’Donnell said.

The Kiwanis Club meets at Veltus Park during the summer months every Tuesday for their weekly meetings, according to O’Donnell. The club installed new barbecue grills about five years ago, located near the existing picnic pavilion.

They’ve always wanted to have a roof over the barbecue grills, but weren’t able to get it accomplished until this year when current Kiwanis President Bob Littler went out and got some community support for the project, O’Donnell said.

“Bob went out and got some local companies involved in helping out,” he said.

Littler’s company, MPA Consulting Engineers Inc., did the design work and provided construction assistance at no cost for the construction of the roof structure to cover the barbecues.

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But Littler was able to get contributions from several other companies – from Basalt to Rifle – to pitch in and complete the project, O’Donnell said.

Myers and Company of Basalt supplied the steel at cost, Todd’s Welding of Rifle built and installed the steel structure with their crane at less than cost, S2M Concrete supplied rebar at no cost, LaFarge Concrete of Carbondale supplied the concrete at a discount, and Ace Roofing of Glenwood will be supplying the roofing material at cost and will also help the club members install the roof.

Most of the labor was done by Kiwanis members and community members, O’Donnell said.

“Kiwanians have done a lot of the labor themselves,” O’Donnell said.

Todd’s Welding of Rifle constructed the canopy in Rifle and transported it to Veltus Park the weekend of Sept. 19-20, and secured the structure in place.

It was a pretty big operation, according to Don Howanick with MPA Consulting Engineers.

“It was like bringing a house down the road,” Howanick said. “They got their big crane and lifted the whole structure into place in one piece.”

The city of Glenwood Springs Financial Advisory Board contributed $7,000 from the Discretionary and Tourism Grant funds to help cover costs associated with the project, O’Donnell said. Club members will also ask for another $3,500 in funds in January 2010.

However, O’Donnell estimated that with the community pitching in on the project, they saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000.

“This is something that would have cost the city about $45,000 to do,” O’Donnell said.

The new steel structure measures approximately 20 feet by 16 feet, and is about 12 feet high, according to Howanick. The new roof will be an extension of the existing wood-framed picnic area at the park. O’Donnell expects the work will be completed sometime in October.

While the Kiwanis Club and the contributions of the local businesses and city made the work possible, the facility is open to the public.

O’Donnell was just happy to be able to finally see this project being completed.

“It’s just a project that has been on the table for a couple of years, and we are finally able to get it done,” he said.

jgardner@postindependent.com