Vandal trashes flower pots in downtown Glenwood
Several decorative flower pots in the heart of Glenwood Springs’ tourist area were wrecked overnight, leaving a mess in an area dressed up just last year.
Missy Sickels, general manager of the Riviera Supper Club at Seventh and Grand said executive chef Mitch Levy arrived at 6 a.m. to prepare for brunch to find flower pots and planters tipped and their contents strewn on the street.
“It’s very discouraging,” she said. “Everybody worked so hard to make everything so nice. It’s not easy to keep up.”
City workers responded in force to clean up the mess, she said, showing up “before people got out of their hotels.”
“It’s not something you want tourists to see,” she said.
Sickels said that Levy, who took pictures and that Sickels posted on Facebook, saw damage stretched from the Hotel Denver on Seventh past Smoke barbecue on Grand.
She and other merchants in the affected area said Sunday that they heard that a 65-year-old man had been arrested in the incident, but Glenwood Springs police said they had no information on the incident Sunday, Police Chief Terry Wilson didn’t return phone calls and no one had been booked into the Garfield County Jail on anything similar to vandalism.
The vandalism occurred in an area improved last year with a $1 million investment spearheaded by the Downtown Development Authority to improve some of the public areas in downtown, including a sidewalk expansion along the so-called restaurant row of Seventh Street.
The area appears to have boosted dining, based on city sales tax growth, and has attracted new restaurants, new owners and other business relocations.
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