Fence helps guide foot traffic from parking lot

       A new wrought-iron fence, enhanced by fresh landscaping, spans the front of the public parking lot in the 2600 block of West Colorado Avenue.

An older segment of wrought-iron fence (foreground) meets up with the new next to the public parking lot in the 2600 block of Colorado Avenue. At rear right, someone walks through the opening.
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       The project was completed recently through the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, which is funded by a special mill levy on properties along the avenue between 24th and 27th streets.
       City Parks, which oversees the district, installed the fence, and district employee Dave Porter planted flowers along it. The fence is broken in the middle by a four-foot wide concrete opening allowing foot travel between the avenue and the parking lot.
       Previously, the area between lot and sidewalk had been mostly wide open. This meant people could (and did) walk anywhere, including onto any plantings the district might have put in. “We never had any luck keeping anything there,” said Judy Kasten, chair of the district's advisory committee. “It was always trampled and always dirt.” By directing people now through a single opening, “this is probably going to work.”
       The new fencing, going about 65 feet (although not in a straight line) to the edge of the 2619 W. Colorado Ave. building, closely matches the style of an older wrought-iron fence extending about 25 feet from the 2611 W. Colorado Ave. building.
       Porter said his plantings include Russian sage, columbine, hummingbird grass and snapdragons. “Most of it will come back next year,” he said.

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