Plan for development of the Gunnison River corridor unveiled

By June 21, 2016blog

Excerpts from Delta County Independent
By Pat Sunderland

A conceptual plan for development of the Gunnison River corridor east from Confluence Park generated a great deal of excitement when it was unveiled last week. As a “vision” with no price tags attached, the concept appeared to have the support of most of those gathered to hear a presentation from the engineering firm contracted to complete the study.

Those who have visited Salida, Buena Vista, Durango and Montrose have seen how the rivers have been transformed in the hope of tapping into the growing outdoor recreation industry. Supporters claim that┬áriver improvements have not only produced “massive” economic returns in other communities, they’re also a lifestyle enhancement that will hopefully reverse the outward migration of Delta County’s younger generations. The broadband effort is another component of that vision, which is designed to position Delta County toward growth and expansion by creating a more diverse economic base….

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