Glenwood Springs Tearing Down Pavilion Popular With Panhandlers

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.