The Western Slope Conservation Center will present a draft plan for developing a trail and other improvements at the Paonia River Park at noon Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Paonia Public Library. Everyone is invited to attend and give input.
The Conservation Center was awarded a $45,000 grant this summer from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Program for the project. In August, they distributed a public survey on general park use that was completed by over 70 park users. Data from the survey was combined with comments shared at a public open house at the park on Aug. 27 to inform the creation of the plan. They have contracted park planner and landscape architect Julee Wolverton in Montrose to create the general layout and design of the trail and other improvements. Wolverton will present her draft Oct. 29 and open the floor for comments and suggestions.
Community priorities that will be integrated into the plan include providing a vastly expanded area for wildlife viewing, kayaking, fishing and hiking and increasing educational opportunities at the park.
Planning will wrap up this winter and the Conservation Center will apply for construction funds to construct improvements in 2014 and 2015.
The Oct. 29 meeting will be the final opportunity for the public to weigh in. Park visitors, schools, children, parents, artists, landscape architects, town and county officials, recreation district members, churches, environmental groups, volunteer organizations, local coal mines, local gravel companies and water users are all encouraged to attend.blog comments powered by Disqus