MONTROSE - The city of Montrose has expanded its green space and it’s now time to name the new park.
Tonight, Montrose City Council will consider an ordinance that officially names the open space, which includes two ponds and riverfront in the Airport Industrial Park (across Highway 50 from the airport). The name under consideration is “Taviwach” - the original name of the Uncompahgre Utes who first inhabited the valley. It means “people that live in the sun.”
“I wish that it would be accepted by the council,” said area Ute Roland McCook, who suggested the name to the city. “It would be an honor for that name to be carried on … My people would recognize that name right away.”
In mid-October, the city acquired 22 acres of land adjacent to an already established city park of 23 acres. The area is located in the Airport Industry Park area, however, it had never really been named, city Administrative Services Director Virgil Turner said.
For McCook, the Taviwach name is another step in preserving his and the valley’s heritage.
“The name (Taviwach) has been rarely used and is only known by a few,” he said. “This is a way of preserving another historical name, bringing an original, unique name to this area, which belongs here.”
The property was formerly owned by Montrose County.
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