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amenities and activities for children.
Returning the splash pad to its primary function as
a fountain and making another fun water resource
available free of charge to the public is a win-win.¡±
The Splash pad at Lincoln Park will operate daily
from 10a-7:30p for the remainder of the season.
If you have specific questions about pool operation
or pool passes, please call the Parks and Recre-
ation Department at: 970.254.3866
Montrose, CO: ¡®Meet Me @ The Barn¡¯ kicked off
its inaugural night at the Habitat Barn on July
21, with Bozeman, Montana band Flatt Cheddar.
A new brand for the local music scene boasting
a unique outdoor venue, Meet Me @ The Barn
(MMATB) events offer a promising concept to
build homes as well as community.
¡°It¡¯s the easiest Do It Yourself home project on
the planet!¡± claims new Development Director,
Heather Zeilman. ¡°Kick back, enjoy great live
music, help build a home. How great is that?¡±
Not only is the Habitat Barn, which is located
behind the Habitat for Humanity of Montrose
County office and ReStore Building at 1601
N Townsend, a novel space for music on the
Western Slope, but the location provides semi-
primitive overnight accommodations for those
coming from out of town as well as those who
would rather not make the drive home after an
MMATB event.
¡°We have a big vision for events at the barn,
with new additions and changes planned out
in phases as our budget allows: an amphithe-
ater, beautiful rusted fencing via Recla Metal,
drought tolerant landscaping, multiple stages
for festivals, designated camping - the sky is
the limit with the 10 acres of space we have
available. We want to keep ticket prices as low
as possible to cover our costs while building the
MMATB program so we can fill the events with
people while developing a tradition and reputa-
tion in the region of high caliber music events.
We have limitless opportunity when it comes to
re-writing the perception that there is nothing
worth making the trip to Montrose for (other
than to buy groceries). By building a strong,
credible brand, we can eventually bring in larger
and larger acts,¡± explains Zeilman.
¡°We are also adopting stronger and more spe-
cific environmentally friendly standards with
our events, which aligns perfectly with the
ReStore concept of recycling through donations
and repurposing by way of purchases. We will
be working hard to provide reusable utensils,
plates, cups, etc. When we can¡¯t, they will be
recyclable and we will provide recycling sta-
tions. We are also bringing potable water for
water bottles to the barn to replace the need for
bottled water sales. Alpine Bank has also spon-
sored stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glasses
for MMATB events, which is just one more way
we can encourage our green guidelines,¡± says
Zeilman.
Habitat for Humanity International is an organi-
zation that was founded in 1976 by Millard and
Linda Fuller. The Fullers, inspired by their visit
to the small Christian community of Koinonia
Farm, embarked on their own quest to provide
housing for all who deserved and desired it.
According to Habitat, it was the founding Full-
ers who ¡°developed the concept of ¡®partnership
housing,¡¯¡± which hinged on the idea of ¡°those in
need of adequate shelter working side by side
with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.¡±
Today, Habitat for Humanity is an international
organization that assists individuals all over the
world, and has successfully built over a half mil-
lion homes which provide shelter to about 2.5
million individuals in over 90 countries.
The Good News
2014 August
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
City Energizes Vehicle Charging Station;
1st public electric vehicle charging station
installed downtown
Montrose: With funding primarily received through
the Colorado Energy Office¡¯s Charge Ahead Colo-
rado competitive grant program, the City of Mon-
trose has installed Montrose¡¯s first publicly acces-
sible electric vehicle (EV) charging station adjacent
to Centennial Plaza. The downtown location was
chosen to encourage those using the charging sta-
tion to spend time visiting merchants and public
facilities. The Level 2 equipment installed charges
most electric vehicles in one to four hours.
¡°We are seeing an increasing number of govern-
ments in the state addressing the need for public
EV charging stations,¡± noted Virgil Turner, director
of innovation and citizen engagement for the City
of Montrose. ¡°Just as lodging properties and retail
outlets are installing public EV charging stations
as a strategy to draw visitors to their locations,
governments are seeing a benefit by making these
facilities available in their communities for the
same reason.¡±
The City¡¯s EV charging station went live in June
and is listed on a number of web sites that help EV
owners find a station. ¡°We have seen a number of
EV owners stopping in Montrose to top off the bat-
teries in their vehicles,¡± noted Turner. ¡°While their
vehicles are charging, they can spend time down-
town and visit our merchants,¡± Turner stated.
¡°Electric vehicles are becoming a more common
sight in Montrose, and until the completion of this
project, Montrose did not have a public location for
recharging electric vehicles,¡± explained Turner. The
closest public charging stations to Montrose before
this summer were in Grand Junction and Durango.
The city considers the station a pilot program.
¡°We¡¯ll evaluate the benefits and compare the
costs of operating a public EV charging station,¡±
remarked Turner. ¡°Currently the costs associated
with each charge are paid by the city. Typically,
each hour of charge represents one dollar in elec-
trical cost.
The city is exploring the installation of solar photo
voltaic panels on the roof of an adjacent building
in the future. Using locally generated electricity to
power the charging station will eliminate on-going
costs for operation in the future.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hy-
brid and electric vehicles help to improve energy
security because the fuels used are domestically
produced, increase fuel economy, lower fuel costs,
and reduce emissions. The Colorado Energy Office
encourages the increase in infrastructure avail-
ability for electric vehicles. Each owner of an EV
registered in Colorado pays a fee which replaces
the revenue not collected from gasoline taxes and
goes toward road and highway maintenance. In
addition a portion of these registration fees are
used for electric vehicle infrastructure such as
Montrose Charges Up
Meet Me @ The Barn
charging stations.
The city was notified
in February of their
successful applica-
tion; the project
was completed in
early June. Project
costs for installation
and signage totaled
under $4,000, with
80% covered by the
Colorado Energy
Office. The Colorado
Energy Office was
seeking to increase
the density of public
charging station
infrastructure in the
state through their
Charge Ahead pro-
gram.
For more informa-
tion, contact Turner
at: 970.240.1471
Lincoln Park Splash Pad Free of Charge
to Accommodate Demand for
Water Recreation
On July 1, 2014, the Grand Junction City
Council expressed initial support for moving
forward with a plan to expand free access
to the Lincoln Park aquatics complex in light
of the overburdening demand placed on the
Main Street splash pad fountain. This will go
into effect immediately. There will be no en-
trance fee to the splash pad facility at Lincoln
Park for the remainder of the season.
The expanded access to Lincoln Park will al-
low the Downtown splash pad to return it to
its original intended use as a water feature
on Main Street.
¡°The Downtown splash pad is being loved
to death by the overwhelming number of
users, and shows us there is a significant
unmet need for greater access to our water
recreational facilities,¡± said Rob Schoeber,
Parks and Recreation Director. ¡°Since its
opening in 2011, the Downtown splash pad
has posed significant challenges in maintain-
ing water cleanliness, keeping the walkways
unobstructed, complementing the downtown
business environment, as well as concern for
injuries and unsanitary use of the feature.
Every year its popularity has grown, outstrip-
ping its capacity. Despite our efforts to find
a workable balance, the City and Downtown
Development Authority believe it will be bet-
ter to redirect the intense recreational use to
our existing aquatics program where we have
ample room for the crowd, and the staff and
the equipment to provide the best environ-
ment.¡±
Harry Weiss, Director of the DDA, adds, ¡°The
original intention for the splash pad on Main
Street was to provide an attractive water
feature for Downtown with limited interac-
tive use. Instead it has become a very inten-
sively used, recreational water feature better
suited to a traditional park location. Being
situated in a small area at a busy commer-
cial intersection with lots of cars along Main
and 5th Street, it is not set up to handle the
large numbers of children and adults using
it. Nor was it intended to be an alternative
to the great facilities and programs available
through the Parks & Recreation Department.
Downtown offers its own special array of
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