House cleaning at the Point
The decision by the Union Pacific Railroad to close off access to the area known as The Point, pushing homeless squatters out of the area, makes sense from a safety and land-management standpoint.
The railroad needs to stabilize the riverbed in the area. And having people hike across the railroad bridge on the Colorado River to reach The Point is a definite safety hazard.
However, it’s too bad that the place where two of the largest rivers in Colorado meet — the junction from which this city gets its name — isn’t more accessible and inviting to the public.
As outlined by The Daily Sentinel’s Mike Wiggins in an article Sunday, there are title questions related to the tiny spit of land called The Point, as well as safety and access issues. So we don’t expect that part of the peninsula bordered on the west by the Gunnison River and on the northeast by the Colorado River will ever be added to the growing list of trails and parks that abut this community’s riverfront.
But farther up the hill on Orchard Mesa is a great viewing point for the grand junction of these two important rivers.
Some of the founding members of the Colorado Riverfront Commission, the group that has been working for a quarter century to clean up and preserve areas along the river, expressed interest in one day having a park or other amenities overlooking the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado.
Certainly, that can only be accomplished with support from the property owners involved. But it is worth pursuing.
Meantime, cleaning up The Point, finding real homes for those who have dwelled there, and improving safety are more immediate goals that, thankfully, appear soon to be reached.