Hayden Quarterly Newsletter | March 2023

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Happy spring Hayden! Or at least that's what we all wish we were saying to each other It seems like mother nature keeps throwing the “S” word at us just when things start to get sunny Speaking with a long-time resident while at the COOP gas pump I said, “Think it will stop snowing?” and he replied, “It snowed like this every winter when I was a kid.” With all the snow this winter, the Town has been focusing on the Hayden Center and improving our indoor programs while planning for our upcoming outdoor season.

We started the second - and final - phase of construction at the Hayden Center which should be completed by the end of 2023 The Town has secured the funding for the construction of a 6ft-wide pedestrian sidewalk along Hwy-40 on the east end of Town between Shelton Ln and Pine St , as well as between Mountain Valley Bank and Pine Estates on the North side of Hwy-40 The business park is moving along with construction starting in September

We also welcome our new Recreation Director, Rhonda Sweetser Ms Rhonda was the former principal of Hayden Elementary as well as an educator for 30 years. We are thrilled to have Rhonda join our team in this position.

As always, a sincere thank you to our entire community for being amazing people.

T O W N O F H A Y D E N Q U A R T E R L Y N E W S L E T T E R Community Open House & Recreation Workshop • P. 2 Hayden Center Happenings • P. 3 Public Works • P. 4 Town Manifesto • P. 10
Upcoming Events, Meetings & Programs • P. 5 Community Sponsorship • P. 6 Town of Hayden Employment Opportunities • P.7 Community Spotlight • P. 8 Staying Connected • P. 9 HAYDEN COLORADO I S S U E 3 M A R C H 2 0 2 3

March 15 | 5:00pm | Town Hall

The Town of Hayden Planning Commission is currently reviewing the Main Street Apartments Site Plan Application for the construction of 109 apartment dwelling units and approximately 5,800 square feet of commercial space located along HWY40 in downtown Hayden

The conversation was tabled after the Feb 23 Planning Commission Meeting to review a proposed alternative traffic access plan for the project and allow for public questions during a Community Open House at Town Hall.

Please join us Wednesday, March 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 p m at Town Hall for an opportunity to ask questions about an alternative traffic access plan for this proposed development

The Town of Hayden is in the process of reviewing our outdoor recreation amenities and economy alongside a student group from the University of Colorado, Masters of the Environment program as part of the modified Recreation Economies for Rural Communities program. As the Town explores ways to diversify and strengthen our economy, we recognize that the outdoor recreation sector is a possible area of focus that can also result in improved, increased and better accessible outdoor recreation opportunities for the community

We invite you to participate and share your ideas as we explore:

What type of outdoor recreation best suits the Hayden area and how can it be improved?

How do we make outdoor recreation more accessible to all our community members?

How can we leverage outdoor recreation to increase economic opportunities?

Evening Session

March 22 | 5:30 - 8:00 p m | Town Hall

Full Day Session

March 24 | 9:00 a m - 4:00 p m | The Haven

Please direct any questions to Community Development Director, Tegan Ebbert: tegan ebbert@haydencolorado org

We want to hear your voice.

March 15 | 6:00am - 8:00pm

We couldn't be more excited by the growth we ' ve seen from the Hayden Center and the outpouring of community support since its inception in 2021 We invite every member of our town to come tour the facility and join us for a day of fun, fitness and community as we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Hayden Center

Free Gym Access & Fitness Classes:

Open Gym & Weight Room | 6:00am-8:00pm

Functional Fitness | 7:00am

Flex & Stretch | 1:00pm

Spin30 | 6:00pm (call to register)

Pickleball | 6:00-7:45pm

April 13 | 5:30 - 7:00pm

You are invited to our inaugural Community Arts Mixer! Open to all artist, musicians, dancers, performers, crafters and arts supporters looking for an opportunity to meet and share ideas with your local arts community.

Join us in the Hayden Center Lobby from 5:307:00 p.m. on April 13 for your opportunity to mingle with Hayden's thriving arts community.

Stay up to date on all of the incredible Hayden Center fitness classes offered to our community


April 28

We love any opportunity to celebrate tress and our thriving natural ecosystem here in Hayden Mark the occasion of Arbor Day by planting a tree, taking a walk in a local park and appreciating everything trees do for us, or making a donation towards having more trees planted in areas where they're needed most

If you are interested in planting a tree this year, here is a list of recommended trees for our region/climate


Catalpa, Western – Catalpa speciosa

Elm, American cultivars – Ulmus americana

Hackberry – Celtis occidentalis

Honeylocust – Gleditsia triacanthos var inermis

Linden, American – Tilia americana

Oak – Quercus species

Tulip tree – Liriodendron tulipifera


Aspen – Populus tremuloides

Birch, River – Betula nigra

Boxelder, Sensation – Acer negundo 'Sensation' Chokecherry or Amur chokecherry – Prunus

virginiana or maackii

Elm, Frontier – Ulmus ‘Frontier’

Japanese Tree Lilac – Syringa reticulata

During the month of April (weather permitting), the Town’ s Public Works staff will be sweeping up scoria that remains on roadways throughout town Residents are encouraged to remove scoria from their property and from public right-ofways within their general vicinity Scoria can be swept onto the asphalt shoulder of the roadway for pick up via street sweeper Long thin lines of scoria are easier and more efficient for the sweeper to pick up instead of large round piles. Residents are asked to cooperate by not using this service for other spring-cleaning debris.

May 6 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Dry Creek Park

Join us for our annual "Hayden Clean Up Day" and take advantage of this opportunity to get your yard, garage, basement, or any other clutter cleaned up and cleared out! Items can be dropped off at Dry Creek Park between 9:00 a m and 3:00 p m Let's all do our part to keep Hayden looking beautiful!


For a full list of upcoming Town of Hayden events, be sure to check out our Calendar of Events on the Hayden website!

Easter Egg Hunt

April 8 | 1:00 - 2:00 p m | 3rd Street Park

Pee Wee Westling Tournament

April 15 | 9:00 a m | Hayden Center

Hayden Cog Run

May 13 | 10:00 a m | 3rd Street Park

Huck Finn Day

June 3 | 9:30 a m | Dry Creek Park

Walnut Street Dance

June 8 | 6:00 - 9:00 p m | Farmer's Market

Hayden Daze


March 13 | 7:00 p m

Hayden High School


March 14 | 5:00 p m

Town Hall


March 15 | 6:00 p m

Hayden Center


March 23 | 7:00 p m

Town Hall

July 14 & 15 | 8:00 a m | Dry Creek Park

Bluegrass & Brews

August 8 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Dry Creek Park

* Further details will be shared before each event

Pee Wee Wrestling (K-5th Grade)

March & April

T-Ball & Coach Pitch

May & June

Youth Baseball & Softball

May & June

Youth Soccer

July & August

Youth Tackle Football

August & September

Youth Flag Football

August & September

Youth Dance

Fall & Spring Sessions

* Further details will be shared before each program.


With so many different options on the 2023 Town of Hayden events schedule, what better way is there to get your business noticed than by becoming a Community Sponsor?

We offer four different tiers of sponsorship opportunities for our Town of Hayden events, each designed to support the community while bringing valuable expose to your local business

Arts & Events: Rachel Wattles | 970.276.0504

rachel wattles@haydencolorado org

Sports & Recreation: Rhonda Sweetser | 970 276 0500

rhonda sweetser@haydencolorado org

178 W Jefferson Ave. PO Box 190 Hayden, CO 81839

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The Town of Hayden currently has multiple open job opportunities that we invite you to apply for.


The Town of Hayden is looking for an inspirational leader who has a passion for public service As a smaller organization, the Town of Hayden will be a great opportunity to lead a professional team


The Hayden Police Department is looking for diverse problem solvers with a desire to effect positive change within our community Working in Hayden provides the unique opportunity to be part of a small, tightly-knit and innovative organization


The Town of Hayden is seeking to employ seasonal summer help in the Public Works Department. This is an entry level position reporting to the Director of Public Works, Bryan Richards.


The Hayden Parks & Recreation Board helps plan, direct develop and implement recreation activities and events to assist in promoting long-range programs for the development of the Town’ s recreation system for youth, adults and senior citizens

For the full list of Town of Hayden job opportunities, as well as detailed position descriptions, be sure to visit the "Employment Opportunities" page on our website.

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If you have a passion and commitment to the long-term economic success of our great Town of Hayden, we encourage you to join this commission and make a real impact in our community. We currently have openings for both regular & alternate members.

If interested, email Tegan Ebbert at: tegan.ebbert@haydencolorado.org for more information.

On the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., LiftUp will have their Free Food Market open to the public at the Hayden Center With rising food costs, this amazing program will help all of our neighbors feed their families

Please bring your photo ID and proof of residency in Routt County You may also apply for emergency financial assistance if needed

May 25 - September 29

Thursdays | 5:00 - 8:00pm

Back for its fourth year, the Hayden Farmer's Market will return once again this May You can support your local businesses and stock your fridge every Thursday at 100 S Walnut

Interested in becoming the Hayden Farmer's Market Coordinator? Want to be a vendor at the Market? Please send inquiries to: haydenfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Spring is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about getting you plot ready at the Hayden Community Garden! For just $15/year, you can rent a plot in our community garden, cultivate your own produce, and join Hayden's thriving community of gardeners and plant enthusiasts.

The Hayden Community Garden, located at 141 Walnut Street, is open May 1 - October 31 between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

For more information, questions, or to reserve your plot, please contact Andrea Salazar at: andrea salazar@haydencolorado org

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In Hayden, we believe that it's the people that make the community. Staying connected with us helps to ensure our town's needs are met Connecting to each other builds a strong community for everyone.

Check out our Calendar of Events for all upcoming events & to submit your own event as well!

Sign-up for our Monthly eNewsletter so that you can stay informed on all upcoming events

Join our Community on NextDoor App a way for neighbors to talk to each other about relevant, local community topics.

Reach Out!

We welcome all questions, concerns, and comments. Email hello@haydencolorado org

Attend our Town MeetingsOur meetings are open to the public & we welcome all opinions.

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We believe in living true to our roots and true to ourselves That each of our lives looks differently, each is equally valuable and freedom comes from living it in our own way

We stand in awe at the beauty that surrounds us and are deeply grateful to live here. Thankful for our ancestors and the road they paved for us and honored to do the same for our children and grandchildren. Through hard work, optimism, and each other we will leave this place better than we found it

We believe that wholesome is underrated and simple is misunderstood. We are proud of our way of life, even as the world changes around us. We offer welcoming, open arms to those that come to us, always making room for more, but never at the expense of our values

We believe home really is where the heart is Where community is cultivated, memories are shared, values are created.


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