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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Riverbottom Park: A Robust and Unique Park Offering

The City of Montrose provides an abundance of parks, trails, playgrounds, recreational areas, and open space. These public facilities preserve and enhance the quality of life and environment in Montrose. The Parks Division of the Public Works Department maintains 29 developed parks, 118 acres of open space, 30 miles of concrete trails, greenbelts and planters, and plans projects that beautify the community. City park shelters may be reserved for private and public events.

One of the most unique park offerings in Colorado is Riverbottom Park: the sheer variety and diversity of activities available in this one park is what makes it so special and interesting. There's always something going on at Riverbottom!

In the central area of the park, park-goers can picnic, host a party in a shelter, play softball, or skate on a nationally-renowned skate park; children can play on two different age-appropriate playgrounds; and additional offerings include paddle ball, horse shoes, bicycling, basketball, fishing, and volleyball.

Farther to the north, you can picnic in the shade, feed the ducks and geese, enjoy the dog park, or walk along the Uncompahgre River.

On the river, fishing has always been available, and with the new habitat improvements south of the fishing pier, fishing can be outstanding. If all these options aren’t enough to entice, a new Water Sports Park will be constructed through the winter with an anticipated opening of spring 2015.

There has been confusion about Riverbottom Park’s name being changed to “Baldridge Park.” Riverbottom is actually one of three parks that comprise the Clifford E. Baldridge Regional Park: the other two are Sunset Mesa Youth Sports Complex and Cerise Park. Concrete recreation trails connect all three parks to the river trail, which makes for a great hike, bicycle ride, or rollerblading trip. On November 2, 1995, the City Council did approve the name of “The Clifford E. Baldridge Regional Park” to the designated area that now is the home of all three park assets.

Who was Clifford E. Baldridge? The Colorado Business Hall of Fame honors Colorado's most distinguished business leaders from the past and present, publicizes the contributions of business leaders to our communities, and promotes the importance and value of the free enterprise system. The laureates are selected for their enduring and innovative professional contributions to Colorado, the inspirational and ethical manner in which they have conducted their business, and their significant philanthropic contributions to civic and community organizations.

Bladridge was honored as the very first living recipient of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame Award, accepting the honor among the ranks of Coors, Gates, and Boetcher. Here’s what the organization has to say about Baldridge on their website:

Clifford E. Baldridge, or as many referred to him, “Mr. Montrose,” was a manager and part owner of the City Market in the western town of Montrose, Colorado. Baldridge quickly became a pillar within his community by connecting with people through City Market and his intense involvement within the community for over 50 years.

His philanthropic, business, and civic leadership and contributions to Montrose were countless; he strove to, in short, leave things better than he found them. For more information about the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and to view a video of showcasing Baldridge, visit coloradobusinesshalloffame.org.

In addition to everyday leisure activities, Riverbottom Park hosts several events throughout the year, and the public may reserve shelters for exclusive use for a small fee. Park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and city codes and regulations must be followed at all times. Special use permit applications are available to reserve areas of parks for advertised public events or events with more than 100 attendees.

The city encourages citizens to enjoy this outstanding public asset and supports arrangements for responsible and lawful consumption of alcohol on city-owned properties. Alcohol is allowed in city parks in conjunction with permitted events. State of Colorado Special Events Liquor Licenses and consumption permit applications are available through the City Clerk’s office; further parks use information is available in the parks use regulations. For more information on reserving parks and facilities and liquor permits, contact the City Clerk’s office at (970) 240-1422 or visit www.cityofmontrose.org/CityClerkRead on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Review and Comment on Industrial Pretreatment Program Permits

Regulation of businesses and industries through the Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) ensures the protection of the environment and the safety of wastewater treatment personnel and the community.

Discharge permits, site inspections, discharge monit...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

City Energizes Vehicle Charging Station

With funding primarily received through the Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead Colorado competitive grant program, the City of Montrose has installed Montrose’s first publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging station adjacent to Centennial Pla...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

City to Perform Daytime Closures of East Oak Grove Road

The City is finalizing plans to widen East Oak Grove Road between Townsend Avenue and Bear Lake Drive. Roadway construction for this project is not scheduled to begin until the spring of 2015; however, it will be necessary to relocate utilities and irriga...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Benefits of the New Records Policy

It is the city’s goal to provide convenient access to public information and records. Whenever possible, the most requested records are placed online to facilitate convenient access without the need for a formal request. The vast majority of city records...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

Learn More About Enjoying City Parks

The City of Montrose provides an abundance of parks, trails, playgrounds, recreational areas, and open space—even a dog park. The city encourages citizens to enjoy these outstanding public assets.

Most parks include playgrounds and picnic tables. Many parks have shelters available to the public which may be reserved for exclusive use for a small fee: Centennial Plaza, Cerise Park and Shelter, LaRaza Park and Shelter, Lions Clubhouse, Lions Park and Shelter, Riverbottom Park and Shelter, Rotary Park and Shelter, and Sunset Mesa Park and Shelter. Park hours are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and city codes and regulations must be followed at all times. The city’s 29 parks, 118 acres of open space, and over 30 miles of concrete trails are maintained by the Parks Division of the Public Works Department.

Special use permit applications are available to reserve areas of parks for advertised public events or events with more than 100 attendees.

The city supports arrangements for responsible and lawful consumption of alcohol on city-owned properties. Alcohol is allowed in city parks in conjunction with permitted events. State of Colorado Special Events Liquor Licenses and consumption permit applications are available through the City Clerk’s office.

An ordinance was adopted by City Council in 2002 allowing alcohol consumption in parks. For citizens reserving a park shelter for private use, an alcohol consumption permit is possible. This allows for the consumption, but not the sale, of beer and wine in non-glass containers within 20 feet of the shelter. The cost for this permit is $50 with a $100 deposit. This permit only applies to parks with park shelters, and alcohol is not allowed in the Lions Community Building or Lions Park.

Established by the State in 1963, Special Events Permits are required to sell and serve alcohol. Nonprofit entities may apply for this permit at a cost of $100 for events on public or private property. For events on city-owned properties, the presence of police officers is required by city regulation. Officer fees are incorporated into the event fees, with the actual amount determined by the size and nature of the event.

Further parks use information is available in the parks use regulations and from the City Clerk's Office. For more information on reserving parks and facilities and liquor permits, contact the City Clerk’s office at (970) 240-1422 or visit the link shown belowRead on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

Review the Annual Water Quality Report

The 2014 City of Montrose Annual Water Quality Report, also known as the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), is now available at the link shown below. This report contains important information about the source and quality of local drinking water.

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