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Mountain Mail: Salida Celebrates Labor Day

The Mountain Mail published the following article mentioning Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on September 4th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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Salida Celebrates Labor Day

by Cody Olivas | Sep 4, 2018

Salida city officials hosted a Hometown Picnic Sunday at Riverside Park, providing another opportunity to listen to live music over the Labor Day weekend.

“I think it’s great; it’s nice and mellow,” Salida Mayor P.T. Wood said at the event. “It’s great to see folks come out and walk around.”

T.J. Hittle took the stage first, entertaining a small crowd with several guitars. The San Luis Valley Big Band then performed.

The weather was also cool and overcast for the Labor Day weekend event, which is typically the last big weekend for tourists visiting Salida.

A popcorn machine offered free popcorn, but attendees had to take their own picnics.

The city and county had a booth set up at the event to get input from the community about the future of U.S. 50.

“We’ll see what the community really wants,” Wood said. “I think there’s great potential out there,” adding that he’d like to see the highway as more of a connecting space than a dividing space.

“People want more green and a consistent speed limit,” Christie Barton, a planner for Chaffee County, said. “All kinds of things are coming out, and we want to hear it all.”

The plan is to get more feedback at future events.

“Things are going good for the city right now,” Wood said. “A lot of positives are happening.”