Upcoming spring projects and events were the main item on the agenda as members of the Palisade Parks & Rec Advisory Committee (PRAC) met last Thursday evening, March 26, at the Palisade Civic Center.

Sarah Brooks, Recreation and Events Coordinator for the Town of Palisade, updated the group on the shade structures that have been ordered for Town Plaza. They should be in place by the first of May if all goes according to plans.

Brooks also spoke about the Bike Skills Park, under gradual construction at the east end of Riverbend Park. Bill Taylor and Single Track Trails have submitted a design and bid for a pump track and skills park as requested, but it seems to be a more complex, and expensive, plan than was originally intended. She and Public Works Director Frank Watt will meet with Bill to reconfigure the design, taking out some of the more complex jumps and adding a few more beginner friendly features. They also need to negotiate a better price, and may need to do more re-design if necessary to meet the budget.

Brooks also commented on the Main Street reconstruction project, saying that so far it appears to be on schedule for a June 8 completion date. Work has begun on the public restroom facility across Main Street from the Town Plaza as well, with interior framing being finished and electrical work to begin soon. The town will also be adding some higher voltage electrical outlets as a part of the project to accommodate some of the food trucks and other vendors at downtown events.

Outdoor Heritage Days, April 25

Outdoor Heritage Days, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a number of other organizations, will be held in Riverbend Park on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be family friendly activities such as fishing, target shooting, and a Bike Rodeo put on by the Palisade Park & Rec Dept. Volunteers are needed for the town booth at the park that day as well as about 8 people to assist with the Bike Rodeo.

The annual clean-up of the Community Garden is scheduled for Sunday morning, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the garden. Volunteers are welcome! Donated lumber and pallets will be used to build new planters and even a couple of new composters. Jesse and Desa Loughman are donating lumber and carpentry as well as lots of soil to help fill the new planters. More good quality garden soil is needed at the garden also, if anyone has some to donate.

PRAC members also touched briefly on the creation of a mission statement for the group, but decided to each think on it a little bit more and put it on the agenda for the next meeting. Members would like to have a clear understanding of what the Board of Trustees expects from them, and how to best provide it.

Attending in addition to Brooks were Winslow Robertson, Charlotte Wheeler, Dave Fisher, Ashley Cholas, Carol Pellowski, Desa Loughman, Town Trustee Thea Chase, Bill Hoffmann and Betsy McLaughlin. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 in the Civic Center meeting room.