U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Glenwood
June 20, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will pass through Glenwood Springs this winter as a part of its national tour.
This year's tree will be coming from the Payette National Forest in Idaho and stopping in towns along its route to Washington, D.C.
After making a stop in Grand Junction, the tree will arrive in Glenwood Springs around noon Nov. 17.
At Thursday's City Council meeting, Forest Service representatives asked to close off Ninth Street east of Grand Avenue and park the tree there, next to the White River National Forest Headquarters, for the presentation this year.
When the tree last visited in 2012, it was staged at the West Glenwood Mall parking lot. Forest Service representatives said although that provided easy access on and off of Interstate 70, it did not provide the best opportunity for residents to enjoy the tree.
Forest officials hope by displaying the tree on Ninth they can engage the public. They also believe that having the tree downtown will help local businesses by bringing people to the area as Christmas shopping season begins.
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City Council heard the proposal and after clarifying that the arrival of the tree must not add to traffic woes created by Grand Avenue bridge construction, suggested moving forward with the plan.
New City Manager Debra Figueroa will oversee preparations to make sure the visit of the tree goes smoothly.