Glenwood Downtown Market permit revoked, faces uncertain future |

Glenwood Downtown Market permit revoked, faces uncertain future

Market manager says it is done for good while city says appeals process is ongoing

A recent farmers market in Glenwood Springs.
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent

The future of the Glenwood Downtown Market is up in the air as the manager says it is closing, while the city attorney says the managers have stated they intend to appeal their permit revocation.

The revocation comes after an incident that took place on Tuesday when a vendor’s propane tank ignited and caused a flash fire, injuring another vendor, the release states.

Glenwood’s Downtown Market took place every Tuesday from June through September, starting in 2005 at Centennial Park. 

The city released an announcement Friday that this week’s market was canceled but did not address anything about the market closing for good. But a statement explaining as much came from the market manager over the weekend.

“After 17 years of providing a place for the community to gather, listen to music and buy from local vendors, Glenwood’s Downtown Market is closing,” organizer Cindy Svatos said in a statement Saturday night. “The City of Glenwood Springs notified the Market that their special use permit was revoked on June 30, 2022.”

In a Sunday news release, City Attorney Karl Hanlon and City Manager Debra Figueroa said that staff are working on options to present Glenwood Springs City Council at Thursday’s meeting.

“Safety has to be our top priority and the City is hopeful that an absence of a farmer’s market downtown event is temporary,” Hanlon and Figueroa said in the release. “City staff is preparing options for the continuation of the market to present to City Council.”

The release states there were multiple violations following the June 28 incident, which led to the revocation. In a Facebook post since taken down, the Glenwood Springs Farmers Market shared a copy of the letter of revocation, which included:

  • Providing notification and updating the permit with new vendors;
  • Adequate space for the emergency access lane;
  • Updated Fire Department Permit with inspection of all temporary structures and vendor setups by the Fire Marshal;
  • Unpermitted/unsafe structures on site;
  • Compliance with weighting down popup tents;
  • And all items for market must be removed from downtown except for city provided traffic control devices between events.

The letter states the permit will be suspended until June 9, 2023, but that the decision can be appealed if notice is provided within 14 days of the letter.

Market managers have emailed the city about their intention to appeal, the city’s Sunday press release states.

“At this time the City is waiting for clarification from the Downtown Market or their attorney on the status of the appeal,” the release states. “The City anticipates that will be after the holiday weekend.

“To reiterate, following the incident on June 28, 2022, the City became aware of several safety violations occurring at the Downtown Market. After further review the City revoked the Facility Use Permit issued to the Glenwood Downtown Market.” 

In her Saturday statement, Svatos said the entire community was wishing the injured vendor a swift recovery.

“Our thoughts are with the injured vendor and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Svatos said in the release. “It was a regrettable and unfortunate incident and the result is we have lost this incredible asset for our community.”

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