Two of Delta's time-honored traditions are being jeopardized by construction of the city's alternate truck route while a third — the mud volleyball competition held during Deltarado Days — is without a location because of a pending property sale.
The mud volleyball competition has been held on a privately owned lot between Delta Hardware and Fort Uncompahgre, where city crews have dug pits, filled them with water and put up nets for the popular event.
The property on Gunnison River Drive is under contract, and community development director Glen Black said he expects a building permit application to be filed by Tractor Supply Company later this week.
The pending sale has Kami Collins, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, searching for an alternate location for mud volleyball. The area must be large enough for three mud pits, as well as bleachers, and parking should be available close by, she said. The dirt must be clean — no rocks, broken glass or other obstacles for bare-footed volleyball players.
"It would also be nice if it was centrally located," Collins said hopefully. Deltarado Days will be held July 18-21; the volleyball tournament has traditionally taken place on Saturday. Collins said the chamber carries liability insurance for Deltarado Days and would work with private property owners to extend coverage for the mud volleyball tournament.
Anyone with suggestions about a possible location is asked to call her at 874-8616 or Paul Suppes, city parks director, at 874-7973.
Across the street, at the corner of Gunnison River Drive and Palmer Street, a large vacant lot owned by the city has been used for the Thunder Mountain Wheelers' antique tractor pull, another Deltarado Days event, as well as the Delta Lions Club carnival. With construction of Confluence Drive in full swing, that lot is no longer available and both organizations are searching for other sites.
Dennis Natal said the Thunder Mountain Wheelers will meet later this week to decide if they want to move forward with the event in another location. Last year they also held tractor pulls at the county fairs in Delta, Ouray, Mesa and Montrose counties.
The carnival is a major fundraiser for the Delta Lions Club, generating between $8,000 and $10,000 every year. Club member Chris Serve says every penny goes right back into the community. The Lions support Eyeglasses for the Needy and the Abraham Connection homeless shelter. They sponsor scholarships and a community Christmas party.
Serve is hopeful an alternate location can be found that fits into the carnival circuit in early to mid-June. The carnival is operated by Brown's Amusements and requires two to three acres.
Suppes is working closely with both organizations to find other city-owned property that would work for the events.blog comments powered by Disqus