Glenwood council OKs bridge closing party, other grants
2017 city grants
Glenwood Market – $15,500
Glenwood Rotary flag project – $5,000
Sopris Barracudas swim team scholarships – $6,985
A Way Out – $2,500
Alpine Legal Services – $5,000
CASA of the 9th – $2,500
Catholic Charities – $12,000
Early Childhood Network – $3,000
RF Schools Family Resource Center – $3,000
Glenwood Railroad Museum – $4,250
Glenwood Soccer Club – $6,000
GSHS Mock Trial – $2,000
High Country RSVP – $1,500
HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley – $1,500
Lift-Up – $7,000
Literacy Outreach – $2,000
Mountain Family Health Centers – $6,360
Rocky Mountain Developmental Services – $7,500
Raising a Reader – $1,000
RF Center for Community Leadership – $2,500
Smiling Goat Ranch – $5,000
Salvation Army - Glenwood Springs – $8,000
True Media Foundation – $3,000
YouthZone – $17,000
After Prom Extravaganza – $2,000
Glenwood Youth Hockey – $13,000
Glen-a-Palooza – $8,110
Sopris Barracudas pool rental fees – $3,940
Grand Avenue Block Party – $25,000
Downtown Holiday Lights – $24,996
Glenwood Summer of Music – $20,000
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There will be a big downtown Glenwood Springs block party on Aug. 12 to mark the end of an era as state highway crews get ready to knock down the 1953 Grand Avenue bridge.
City Council on Thursday approved a $25,000 grant from the city’s tourism fund to have Roaring Fork Events put on the party, including music, attractions and other activities as the city braces for a three-month detour period through the fall months.
The event is scheduled two days before the bridge, officially known as the Glenwood Springs Viaduct, closes in preparation for its demolition and completion of the new bridge that will serve as the new Colorado 82 connection to Interstate 70.
The grant was among $73,936 in tourism-related grants and another $163,717 in various discretionary grants that will be awarded by the city (see accompanying list).
Among the grants is $20,000 to help fund the Summer of Music concert series, which the city is taking over this year amid the Glenwood Center for the Arts’ financial troubles. The package also includes $15,500 for a temporary farmers/vendors market on Tuesday nights through the summer in Sayre Park, in place of the Downtown Market, which is taking a hiatus this year amid the bridge construction turmoil.
The city’s Financial Advisory Board changed the grants process this year, setting a deadline and considering all grant requests at once instead of piecemeal throughout the year.
“It allowed us to have a level playing field and consider all of the grants in the same fashion,” board chairman and former city councilman Ted Edmonds said. “We feel this is more fair, and gives the process more transparency.”
Not all members of the grants committee favored the block party grant. Cindy Svatos questioned the value of spending $25,000 on a party at the time of the bridge closure, saying that money could be better used to help downtown businesses survived the bridge construction and detour period.
A farewell party celebrating the end of the project would be more appropriate, she said.
City Council members agreed a celebration after the bridge is completed next year is warranted, but the demolition of the historic old bridge is worthy of recognition as well.
Discretionary grant money comes from a portion of the city’s special acquisitions and improvements tax, which was extended by voters last fall. Tourism grant dollars come from a portion of the city’s lodging tax.
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