In an effort to better serve the South Glenwood Springs Community, the City is developing plans to rebuild the South Midland Avenue corridor. Through the City’s Request for Qualifications and Proposal process SGM was selected as the design consultant in 2017 and 30 percent design plans were completed in January of 2018.
The city in October 2016 received a $400,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant for this project. Read more...
In December 2016, the city was awarded a $400,000 State Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant. Read more...
Construction of three new single track mountain biking trails is set to start this spring in South Canyon. The City of Glenwood Springs, in conjunction with the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA), are in the process of implementing the South Canyon Trails Plan, which will improve and/or construct 29,850 linear feet of trails for biking, hiking and running use. The first phase will consist of developing three soft surface trails. These trails are anticipated to open in August/September.
Tramway Trail – Shared, beginner foot and bike path beginning at the lower trailhead, crossing South Canyon Creek. Uses old road cuts and steep slopes.
Lightning Bug Trail – Descending-optimized, mountain bike-focused trail beginning at the upper trailhead and descending on mostly moderate slopes between Tramway Trail and County Road 134.
Coal Camp Trail – Shared use, intermediate level trail beginning at the upper trailhead. Views of Horse Mountain ridge.
The project also includes interpretive signage about the South Canyon coal mining operations, which began in the area in 1885 and ended in the 1950s when the City purchased the property. The City contracted with Mountain States Historical to conduct an archaeological survey of specific areas within South Canyon in anticipation of mountain bike trail development.
A pdf of design team AMEC Foster Wheeler's presentation from Nov. 16, 2016 is available at cogs.us/DocumentCenter/View/1528
The Confluence is located adjacent to Glenwood Springs’ historic downtown, the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, local and regional trail systems, and schools. The area comprises a number of underutilized properties, including the former site of the city’s wastewater plant and a number of surface parking lots.
The Comprehensive Plan identifies the Confluence area as one of the primary opportunities for future growth in the city and as an opportunity to expand the downtown horizontally, enhancing the economic vitality of Glenwood’s central business district.
To view the Confluence Redevelopment Plan, click on the link below.
This document aims to provide realistic and actionable strategies for achieving higher and better use within the Confluence that complements and adds vitality to Glenwood’s historic downtown.
As part of the renovation of Glenwood Springs Elementary and the continuing efforts to institute changes proposed in the Confluence Plan, Vogelaar Park will be reconfigured. Additional park land will be added to the west and south of the current park. A portion of the area where the baseball diamond currently is located will be utilized primarily for housing with the possibility of a limited amount of commercial/retail space. These changes are being proposed to further the goals of the confluence plan, adopted in its current form by the City of Glenwood Springs in September 2017.
The City of Glenwood Springs is geographically constrained with few areas to create new neighborhoods or increase the number of housing units within city limits. A land exchange between the City and the District facilitated the renovation and reconfiguration of Glenwood Springs Elementary School, will maintain and improve the recreational opportunities at Vogelaar Park, and will utilize a portion of the centrally located property for housing development.
For more information, see click on the links below:
Land Exchange and Redesign Summary
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment
This process will be open for public comment from October 19 to November 19, 2017.
If you have questions or comments you would like to offer toward this process, please direct them to Terri Partch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the RFSD office to the attention of Shannon Pelland, Asst. Superintendent.
This project, which was partially funded with a $350,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant, is one of many projects that the city is working on to assist with connectivity during the upcoming detour of the Grand Avenue Bridge. This new pedestrian bridge provides residents with a safe and efficient bike/pedestrian crossing across the Roaring Fork River, and improves access to the Glenwood Springs High School. This bridge was one of the city’s top 5 priorities identified in the long range Transportation Plan adopted in 2015.
The ribbon cutting celebrated the bridge’s opening. Final completion of the project, including lighting and landscaping, will be later this Spring or Early Summer. The total project cost is approximately $2 million.