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The City of Salida has announced that during the warmer months of 2021, F Street will again close to vehicle traffic allowing local businesses to expand into the street. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy new features thanks to a $37,606 grant.

Barriers painted by local artists at the intersection of F Street and West Sackett. Photo taken by Brooke Gilmore.

In September 2020, the City of Salida announced that they were the recipient of a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) grant. The grant is part of CDOT’s Revitalizing Main Streets program. This program offers small-scale grants to local governments for low-cost upgrades to help safely improve the economy and enhance healthy activities across Colorado during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salida was awarded $37,606 through this program, predicated on a 10 percent local match of $3,760 by the City. The funds were used to purchase the following:

  • Four shade pergolas, one of which is located in Riverside Park
  • 14 animal-proof trash and recycling containers
  • Eight Adirondack chairs for shoppers to rest along the street
  • Three portable ADA ramps
  • 30 steel barricades to help define the in-street pedestrian path
  • Solar lighting for the pergolas
  • Anti-graffiti protection

Currently, artists are preparing colorful “wrappers” for the trash containers.

The city says that it is looking forward to residents and visitors enjoying the new enhancements along F Street.  Weather permitting, plans call for these enhancements to be installed just before Memorial Day.