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.
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.