Avenue to close for event Friday evening, May 27
Motorists be advised: Colorado Avenue will be closed earlier for Territory Days than in past years.
The avenue will be barricaded Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. (continuing through Monday night, May 31, with the street reopening as soon as all event-related items are removed). According to Territory Days organizer Jim Wear, “this will take some of the pressure off my crew” for event preparations along the avenue between 23rd and 27th streets.
In past years, the closure would not occur until 4 a.m. Saturday, which required an intense effort to get all the booths - especially major food vendors that need electrical hook-ups - into their pre-assigned spots before Territory Days would officially open at 10 a.m.
When he first suggested the earlier closing idea to City Police, Wear said their comment was that they “didn't know why we didn't do that a long time ago.”
Closing the street on a Friday evening “will affect the restaurants and bars,” Wear conceded. But he was given a boost by one restaurant owner he talked to, who said “he'll probably make up any lost business during the festival, and if it helps Territory Days he's all for it,” Wear said.
In any case, he added, “we're going to give it a a shot,” with the plan of continuing the early closing in future years “if we don't get a major backlash.”
As always during Territory Days, vehicles will be detoured around Old Colorado City via Cucharras or Pikes Peak avenues, Wear said.
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