Montrose, CO — The City of Montrose is in the planning stage of redesigning Centennial Plaza, the community gathering space located between Uncompahgre Avenue and South First Street in the heart of downtown. A large component of this design process includes integrating public feedback through a community survey.
The City of Montrose’s Development and Revitalization Team, DART, staff are using the survey’s results to work on a redesign of the plaza that includes upgrades to the plaza’s infrastructure and the public restrooms.
Survey responses, which were collected last fall and made public recently, detail a variety of information from many demographics and age groups, among both city and non-city residents. Survey respondents reported that they use the plaza on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis as well as some users who have never used it at all.
The survey collected responses about what features in Centennial Plaza are in need of improvement, along with any themes or cultural elements that should be incorporated in the new redesign.
Other input was recorded from a Centennial Plaza open house hosted by DART last October that attracted dozens of local residents to collaborate with DART and city staff in creating a vision for the plaza moving forward.
Other topics addressed in the survey include what types of events and activities should be held in the plaza and how the space can be used more effectively to make visitors and residents feel more welcome downtown.
"Community feedback plays a crucial role in shaping the direction of this project," said Michelle Wingfield, the DART and grant coordinator for the City of Montrose. “We look forward to creating a design that truly represents the desires of the Montrose community."
Wingfield said the DART team will be working to finalize a design in 2024. Additional updates on this project will be made public once they become available.
Find the complete survey results here.