Glenwood Springs Tearing Down Pavilion Popular With Panhandlers

· Jun. 2, 2015, 4:30 pm

The city of Glenwood Springs is removing a downtown pavilion in part to discourage panhandlers from congregating near local businesses. 

The Post-Independent reports Tuesday that the City Council heard complaints from restaurants and other tourist-related businesses about the situation. 

“This seemed like something we were all OK with … and I’d like to see us be proactive in changing the culture down there,” Councilman Leo McKinney remarked at a recent council meeting.

The pavilion needed to be removed anyway to in preparation for new bridges over the nearby Colorado River, the city says.

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