Glade Park readies for parade

Residents excited about new school’s opening and decide to celebrate

Glade Park residents Bobbi and Steve Miller were so excited about the opening this year of the new Glade Park Community School that they decided to have a parade at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3 to celebrate.
Since announcing their intentions a week ago, more than 65 vehicles have lined up to travel the half-mile-long parade route: It starts at Glade Park Community Center, runs two-tenths of a mile along S 16 1/2 Road to the stop sign, turns right at the Glade Park Store and rolls onward for another three-tenths of a mile. Revelers will pass the Mesa County Road and Bridge shop before turning right at the entrance to the Glade Park School and stopping at the proposed future site of the Glade Park post office.
“The parade,” Steve Miller said, “is going to be longer than the parade route.”
Among the entrants so far are a 70-foot-long logging truck, full of logs; Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey; the Glade Park Pipeline Users Association; the U.S. Forest Service; Glade Park Disposal; Union Pacific Railroad; the Grand Junction and Glade Park fire departments; the Shriners; Rep. Steve King; the 4-H Club; Mesa County commissioners; the Colorado Division of Wildlife; and many more, according to the Millers.
“A Glade Park firetruck will be the first in the parade, and a Glade Park firetruck will be the last in the parade, because they are the ones that protect us,” Steve Miller said.
The trucks, the dignitaries, the floats, the faces are all for the children, said Bobbi Miller, adding, “We want the children to see what goes into a community.”

But some faces in the community prefer to remain hidden, such as the person who is donating land for a permanent Glade Park School. The current facility serves nine students, kindergarten to second grade, and is an $80,000 modular trailer. It opened Aug. 19 and is intended only as a temporary school until a new one is built next year, said Melissa Callahan de Vita, executive director of support services for School District 51.

“The philanthropist will build it, the permanent school,” she said.

The new school will serve students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Tree Humbert is the Glade Park school’s only teacher, and she suggested a “seasonal celebration” for the school and thought it would be nice to invite the community.

“I probably was not going to do a parade,” she said.

After the parade ends, a community fair will follow. The 12-member volunteer fire department will be recruiting, and the railroad will have a demonstration car to show what happens when one is hit by a train. There will be a cookie contest, homemade cider, crafts from the schoolchildren, face painting and many exhibits, all for free, according to the Millers.


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