Members of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and the Fruit & Wine Byway committee joined with friends and family members of the late John Galloway to ‘top off’ the second kiosk in the series at Palisade’s eastern gateway at Exit 44 last Friday afternoon, April 24. Galloway, a Palisade resident, was also the architect of the new information kiosk design.The kiosks are to be positioned at the different gateways to Palisade, offering information, maps and rack cards of information on what to see and do in Palisade.
Built by employees of PNCI Construction, Inc. of Grand Junction, the kiosk is still under construction. It is the second of at least three planned information centers. The first kiosk is already in use at Exit 42, in the parking lot of St. Kathryn Cellars winery. At least one more kiosk is planned for a location near the intersection of 32 Road and C Road, a west entrance to the Palisade area. Frank DeSantis of PCNI was at Friday’s ‘Top-Off’ to say a few words about John Galloway, remembering his enthusiasm for and dedication to the kiosk project.
Galloway’s design has a distinct agricultural flavor, blending style and building materials from the area’s agricultural history. The kiosks use corrugated metal siding, steel tubular fencing sections, wind vane toppers, and are reminiscent of old style farm outbuildings.
There is a section of the floor left unfinished, to be eventually filled with 80 ‘fund-raising’ bricks, each one inscribed with the name of its donor. Palisade mayor Roger Granat stepped right up to donate $250 for one of the first bricks of the structure, to include the town’s motto – “Life tastes good here, all year long.” Contact the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458 to purchase a brick,
Funds and materials for the project were donated from area businesses and friends of John Galloway and of the Fruit & Wine Byway project, a bike-way through Palisade’s fruit and wine country.