News in Brief
Aspen, CO Colorado
REDSTONE – Paonia’s loss is Redstone’s gain.
A $156,125 grant that was to go to the Paonia Visitor Center got hung up over ownership issues, but with a management plan in place that identifies Elk Park in Redstone for a potential visitor center, the money will go to the Redstone project instead.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, which administers the Scenic Byway grant, has agreed to the reallocation. Both Redstone and Paonia are on the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will provide $31,225 in matching funds to secure the grant. After a final planning process is finished this summer, the grant will cover a large share of the planned renovations at Elk Park, located along Highway 133 on the opposite side of the Crystal River from the heart of Redstone. There is parking at the park, and the goal is to draw people into the park, and then across a footbridge into Redstone.
“This is significant money,” said Gary Tennenbaum, open space land steward. “The reality is, this really jump-starts Elk Park.”
Improvements to the park are expected to occur next year, after adoption of the final plan this year.
ASPEN – Work on a sewer line near Aspen Valley Hospital will require the periodic closure of one lane of Castle Creek Road on Tuesday through Friday. The work will occur near Meadowood Drive, and adjacent to the bike path.
Delays are expected to last three to five minutes, depending on the time of day and volume of traffic. Emergency vehicles won’t be delayed, and RFTA buses will be given priority in order to stay on schedule. Bike path use won’t be be affected.
Much of the AVH campus has been impacted by excavation and earth moving in the last few months for construction of a parking garage and expansion of the hospital building. A temporary new entrance to the Pitkin County Senior Center and Whitcomb Terrace (slightly north of the existing one) is being created.
For information, or to voice questions or concerns, contact Frank Goldsmith, community liaison for the project, at FGoldsmith@aspenhospital.org.
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