Palisade to dedicate new town plaza today

The town of Palisade will dedicate its new town center plaza at 5 p.m. today.

The project has been in various stages over the last three years. The work included a new parking lot, which was completed in November, and the town center plaza, located next to Family Food Town at Third and Main streets.

“We hope to use it for special events and festivals, a good gathering place,” said Tim Sarmo, Palisade town administrator.

He added that it creates a nice buffer zone for pedestrians between the town center and the railroad tracks.

Within the next month the plaza will get a gazebo that houses brochures in a covered information board about various local establishments, such as the orchards and wineries.

In the plaza a fish sculpture, “Harley,” will be installed May 10. Artist Lyle Nichols made a Harley out of 500 hand-cut pieces from 45 Harley-Davidson chrome mufflers. It is currently on display at the Blue Pig Gallery, 119 W. Third St. in Palisade, and will be there until May 8. The dedication ceremony for the sculpture will coincide with the Pig Tails and Wine Trails art and winery tour. The sculpture was paid for with donations to the town of Palisade that totaled $18,000.

The Palisade Lions Club also will be donating a clock to be hung at the intersection.


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