City to host public meeting Tuesday night to discuss idea of building police station at Rita Valentine Park


Past Event

Police station public meeting

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available


— The city of Steamboat Springs will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Steamboat Springs Community Center to discuss the possibility of building a new police station on a small corner of Rita Valentine Park at Hilltop Parkway and Mill Run Court.

The station highlights the city's six-year capital improvement program, and city officials hope to start construction on it as soon as next year.

Public Safety Director Joel Rae said earlier this month that the community would need to endorse the move, likely in a public vote, to allow about 3 acres of open space in the 35 acre park to be rezoned to accommodate the police station.


Neil O'Keeffe 3 years, 8 months ago

This was very well attended with an overwhelming majority of those present being opposed to the city's interest in putting a new police station on park space. The city has their work cut out for them because although I agree this is a totally inappropriate location for such a facility my opposition to it is not based on the many NIMBY(Not In My BackYard) arguments that were presented. After all this is the same park space that was considered for a new recreation center a few years back and it got NIMBY'd, then more recently a rouge frisbee golf course was set up and then considered but it got NIMBY'd as well. It's apparent that the landowners that boarder this wonderful resource feel that it is their own private sanctuary and they begrudgingly allow the general public to share it.

Don't get me wrong, it would have been a terrible precedent for the city to use even a small portion of this beautiful park space with a municipal building in the midst of a residential neighborhood. But as the city manager stated, this land when donated was not gifted to the city on the premise that it could only be used as park space, it was a future city council that made that decision.

Either way the city is between a rock and a hard place if they think they will ever find an affordable location for a new police facility within the heart of town. There are 30+ acres of designated green space in my backyard and they are welcome to it, not so sure the neighbors would agree though.


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