Needles, CA: Working towards building a Route 66 Colorado River Walk.
An idea that could both beautify and benefit the Colorado River, the community of Needles, California, and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe was presented to members of the Needles City Council during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.
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The Marilyn Matthews proposed the Route 66 Colorado River Walk to be build on a large piece of land located just east of Needles Highway near the Colorado River in Needles, California.
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These pictures taken by ZachNews shows where the location of the Route 66 Colorado River Walk would be build the land just behind the buildings and big rig trucks and the entry would be shown in the third picture near the R.V. on the side of the roadway.
The land is currently covered in dried vegetation and tall trees.
In her presentation, Marilyn Matthews spoke about how the Route 66 Colorado River Walk would benefit the community, the details of what the Route 66 Colorado River Walk will have, and the funding sources prospective for the Route 66 Colorado River Walk.
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After her presentation, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the Route 66 Colorado River Walk.
“Marilyn came to me a couple a months ago with this idea. And I’ve been working with her – but she’s been doing most of the work – and we have… we’re ready to apply for some planning money from S.A.N.B.A.G. (San Bernardino Associated Governments) or S.C.A.G. (Southern California Association of Governments) or wherever we can find some; to take this vision and turn it into a proposal, and we can go back and get funding from a variety of different sources. And I told Marilyn there’s so much I can do until you get a ‘yes’ and so what I will do is I will put this on the agenda for your next meeting (Needles City Council) and at that time, we’ve have a detailed workscope and we can begin to talk about how this will fit into Needles,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
After Needles City Manager Rick Daniels’ comments, Marilyn Matthews added that Jan Paget is involved in the Route 66 Colorado River Walk.
The area where the Route 66 Colorado River Walk would be build use to be the hit spot for boat races and marathons for the community a long time ago.
The hope ahead is that this idea can be put into motion and in the future, bring in more visitors, activities, and events that would help the community shine as the beautiful Colorado River does everyday.
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