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Streetscape project in Fruita, Colorado, honors the past, envisions the future

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wyatt E. Popp, PE, LEED® AP, Land Development

It seems appropriate that Olsson, with a 58-year history of serving small communities, would work with Fruita, a small, western-Colorado city whose motto is, “Honor the Past, Envision the Future.”

Nestled at the foot of Colorado National Monument and with a past rooted in fruit farming, Fruita honors its warm, family oriented heritage while also welcoming travelers to enjoy their world-renowned mountain biking and incredible hiking and kayaking venues.However, despite Fruita’s natural charms, city leaders saw the need for downtown infrastructure that actively supported a community feeling. Earlier this year, a downtown master plan was developed that would encourage people to gather and enjoy downtown Fruita.

As a resident of Fruita, I participated in the public process to create the master plan. It was therefore particularly satisfying when Olsson was hired as part of a team to help with the design and development phase of the City of Fruita Civic Center Memorial Park and Downtown Streetscape Improvements.

Olsson performed a topographic survey of the downtown area. This survey allowed the design team to bridge the master plan concepts with the reality of the existing utilities, topographic features, and elevations. Logan Simpson Design provided the landscape architecture services to add features that fit the community’s desire for more outdoor places to gather and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Fruita.

The new streetscape plan includes “bulb-outs” at street intersections to create plaza areas for people to enjoy outdoor seating and dining, planters, and pedestrian-friendly design. If the project progresses as expected, construction will begin in the spring or summer of 2015.

Firmwide, Olsson has a deep history of providing streetscape design services. In Colorado, though, our services have been used to a greater extent in the areas of land development engineering, water resources engineering, and environmental consulting. The downtown beautification project in Fruita is an exciting return to providing streetscape design services, and the beginning of what I hope will be growing opportunities to show other communities how Olsson can help them envision their future.

For questions, please contact Wyatt Popp at 970.263.7800 or wpopp@olssonassociates.com.

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