In true Durango fashion, Mayor Christina Rinderle led community members on a bicycle ride Monday morning along a reconstructed Florida Road for its grand reopening. About 30 people showed up for the ride that started at 10:45 a.m. in Mason Park and ended at Chapman Hill, where a red ribbon and free barbecue from JBo’s awaited attendees.
More community members showed up to witness the ribbon cutting, which – to Rinderle’s dismay – caused a short detour on the road for the ceremony. Rinderle quickly invited city councilors, former Durango Mayor Michael Rendon and all the children in attendance to cut the ribbon with her so the road could be reopened to traffic. “I’m so proud of this road and so thankful that it’s done,” she said.
Florida Road features 5-foot bike lanes and a sidewalk on either side of the road for pedestrians.
City Manager, Ron LeBlanc (left), looks on while a local dignitary waxes on.