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Woodland Park residents will have a chance to influence downtown revitalization

Published: March 26, 2014, 10:08 am, by Matt Steiner

Woodland Park logoWoodland Park residents will have a chance next week to chime in and share their vision of what a vibrant downtown in the Teller County town would look like.

Downtown Colorado, Inc., a nonprofit that does assessments for communities to help identify needs and strengths in commercial districts and town centers, will be in the town of more than 7,500 people Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1. Woodland Park officials and DCI will hold two public events, encouraging residents to be a part of the process.

On Monday, people can come to the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., to talk about their vision for creating a better downtown Woodland Park. Then on Tuesday after DCI has had the chance to tour the town and meet with government officials and local business owners, people can come back to the Cultural Center to hear the organizations findings and participate in focus groups.

(Click here to read more about Woodland Park’s efforts to revitalize downtown)

Monday’s event at the Cultural Center is at 7 p.m. and Tuesday’s presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Woodland Park city council recently resolved to create a Creative Arts District and a Colorado Main Street Program. Both programs are designed to help the town’s downtown, cultural and business districts grow, bringing more residents and visitors to the area.

City officials and members of the Woodland Park Arts Alliance submitted an application on March 3 to become a Creative Arts District. Candidates will be selected at the end of March for a chance to enter a “two-year incubator program.”

Woodland Park has until July 1 to apply with the Department of Local Affairs to be part of the Main Street Program.

Both programs could not only help bring in visitors, but could put Woodland Park on a faster track to receiving grants and other money for downtown revitalization.

Thirteen Colorado Communities have been designated in the Main Street Program. Victor is the only municipality in the Pikes Peak region that has earned the distinction.