Sandy Schwindy: No duplication


Like many of you, my thoughts on the proposed recreation center vacillate frequently. However, I now believe we should vote down the recreation center, as proposed, and here's why.

It's a matter of duplication. According to the plans for the facility, several items will be duplicated. Why should voters who have the opportunity to join Old Town Hot Springs or any other fitness center in town, pay for a facility they may not use?

I think we need to go back to the drawing board and add or delete items so we aren't duplicating what we already have. God knows we have enough fitness centers in this town. How about adding a resistance pool and squash and racquetball courts? Now that's a novel idea.

Sandy Schwindy

Steamboat Springs


Harvey Lyon 9 years, 4 months ago

I'd hate to see the loss of two watered multipurpose athletic fields. We don't have enough of these already. Can't this thing go some place else?


boater25 9 years, 4 months ago

What "several items will be duplicated"??? Does Old Town Hot Springs have youth and teen space, gymnasiums, a jog track, an indoor playground, an outdoor skatepark??? NO...they have outdoor water and limited fitness...where youth and teens are not welcome, the equipment is dated and the classes are overcrowed. They simply do not have enough land to accomodate all of the recreational needs that are being unmet! The plan for a municipal-run recreation center has been researched to death and included countless meetings with the folks from OTHS...and the end result is a plan that is doing so much NOT TO DUPLICATE services or put anyone out of business. There are a great many fitness enthusiasts who want a private gym and won't want to be in a family oriented atmosphere. Talk to the residents in Durango who had 7 private fitness clubs against their rec center proposal six years ago...all of these business are thriving and the rec center is getting ready to expand due to overwhelming levels of participation and success. Let's build this thing now and give the families of our community a place to recreate together and enhance our already wonderful quality of life...VOTE YES ON 2B & 2C!!!!


elkeye 9 years, 4 months ago

I look forward to the only survey that matters. The vote count on Nov. 6th!

A small group of supporters wanted the "whole hog" at taxpayers expense, including that $10-12 million white elephant (namely a six-lane competition pool and diving well).

As the old saying goes "...pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered".


elphaba 9 years, 4 months ago

Has anyone ever lived anywhere where the complaint of the teens wasn't "there's nothing to do"? Teens, by nature, have this programmed into their psyche. 60 million dollars won't change it here.


Matthew Stoddard 9 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, but all your remarks no longer worth anything since they basically just duplicate what each other post on this thread says. That's the point of this thread, correct?


Harvey Lyon 9 years, 4 months ago

Dear Kielbasa....Matt,

You're correct of course, unfortunately not every one is a civic minded as you and stays abreast of civic discussions on a daily basis.

The Rec Center remains a strong "want" but should not be at the loss of other local recreational land and "visitor" opportunities. If we're to pay 66 million....why not 70 million and make more land available for recreation long term. Why pit field sports against swim and court sports? Should a resident that plays soccer or baseball or football or lacrosse or rugby give this up for someone who wants to dive from a 2 meter platform......?

Yes, its all about tradeoffs, number of votes....etc...but we're talking infighting rec opportunity for the other....not talking a new opportunity, new land....we're talking redevelopment and loss of existing athletic opportunities.


Harvey Lyon 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm a really non-trusting guy, especially when it comes to our resort business motivated tongue in cheek....

I'm trying to develop Wild Horse Meadows....I sold it to you guys...the concept...with the idea of a gondola that would take you from the parking lot to the Mountain Gondola but unfortunately it only handles 90 passangers per hour. But I really appreciate you guys voting, and the City donating the land... to put in a World Class $66 Million Rec Center within a 5 minute walk of my development!!!!! Especially during early sales!!!!

Thanks Steamboat....ya Chumps


jack legrice 9 years, 4 months ago

A reverse concept. Don't build it and maybe they will leave!!! Vote no on this overpriced proposal. I hope my no vote absentee ballot makes it on time from Pakistan.


colobob 9 years, 4 months ago

I hope you make it back safely from Pakistan in the near future. Keep your head down and God Bless your safe and speedy return!


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