Territory Days meeting Aug. 16 at Gold Hill station

       Colorado Springs Parks will host a public meeting Aug. 16 to discuss the 2007 Territory Days and ways to improve it in 2008.
       The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gold Hill Police Substation, 955 W. Moreno Drive.
       Led by Parks Maintenance Director Kurt Schroeder, topics of discussion will include the shuttle service, parking enforcement, trash removal, and general areas for improvement, a city release states.
       Reports are scheduled by event planner Lynda Dunne of Colorado Main Events, Sgt. Robert Weber of Colorado Springs Police; Dee Cunningham of Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful and Nancy Stovall of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group,
       Organized by the OCCA, Territory Days is an annual three-day event (last year's was the 31st) occurring over Memorial Day weekend. Crowds of more than 100,000 traditionally come to shop from businesses and street vendors, listen to music or enjoy historically geared activities along a closed-off Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets.
       The meeting was organized at the request of City Council member Jerry Heimlicher, whose district includes the older Westside. In an interview and at a council meeting a few weeks ago, Heimlicher said he had not received any feedback on the event, pro or con, but wanted to give people a chance to speak up. He is also looking for ideas on future improvements, he said.
       Other officials involved with the event - including police and merchants - have also reported few if any complaints. However, after the 2006 event, some people in the surrounding neighborhood had cited problems or concerns with parking, trash or safety.

Westside Pioneer/press release