David King: Thanks, Parks and Rec

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August 1982, at the ripe old of age of 26, was the first day I walked into Steamboat Springs to host a sports event with Steamboat Parks and Recreation. And from that day forward, a bond was formed with a group of people and a way of thinking.

The hospitality that the department provided us and the partnership feel we got made this long-term relationship possible. The department itself has been funded at a level that did not befit its impact on the community. It generates sports tourism daily.

When mountain towns look for identity, they often bypass those things that others so love. The Eastern Slope, Denver Metro, California, the Greater West, Texas, Chicago Land, Florida, the Missouri/Kansas area and many other areas have grown to cherish sports events in Steamboat and the trips back to ski or vacation. Why did they come and why did they return? Many times because of the treatment they received at the events and parks of Steamboat.

I approached this topic many times with the city and council, that TLC was the main financial item that the Steamboat Parks and Recreation had to use to create Triple Crown’s $10 million to $15 million of annual economic impact to the Steamboat area. The total impact of the 30 years of Triple Crown events is near $300 million. Capital budgets and maintenance budgets always were tight. Staffing budgets always were expected to deliver the whole package when finances were cut. Steamboat sports facilities always were limited and under the needed event specifications most every year we have been in Steamboat. But that never daunted the staff one bit. They always tried to make it work. Many times we reluctantly moved events and divisions that would not fit Steamboat’s facilities, but it always was with a sense of loss.

My respect and my staff’s respect of the employees of the city of Steamboat that represent these parks truly is one of a kind. They are dedicated, resourceful, loyal and supportive. And they need thanks from us, Triple Crown. They have done on a shoestring budget what no other city partner of ours ever has endeavored. They successfully have hosted one of the top sports tourism events in the nation for 30 years. Park City, Reno/Tahoe, Las Vegas, St. Augustine, Myrtle Beach, Omaha, Scottsdale, San Diego, Ft. Lauderdale and New York City are some of our other key city partners.

We want to give the Parks and Recreation staff an overdue thank you for making us feel welcome, for being our friends and partners, for making money work that never should have. I believe that one of the top sport tourism assets in Steamboat is the Parks and Recreation crew. I ask the city fathers, council members, city manager and political forces in the community to embrace the success that this department has meant to us and others and recognize them in your future planning.

Thank you,

David King

President, Triple Crown Sports

Comments

Vince arroyo 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Dave, Thank You and the Parks & Recreation as well! For keeping northwest Co on the map. I remember the Calcutta at The Clock tower to get teams, Our Team "Local Motion" as with Denny and Rosa Devault team and others from Routt county also played in many tournaments . As well as our family and friends for across the globe.

The Arroyo Family

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Harvey Lyon 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Dave,

My oldest daughter and youngest son got a chance to play NCAA softball/baseball in no small part because your organization provided the competition and exposure to a quality game.

And Parks and Rec provided quality fields and logistical support.

Both will always have my gratitude!

Harv Lyon

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steve gadbois 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The thousands of times that my staff and I circled the ball fields - creating a night time dust storm - at Howelsen each year; for 6 years, will always stay with me as I reflect on my tenure as a Parks Supervisor with the City. The support and appreciation that your organization offered to us - personally - every single day - was the motivating factor in us willing to put in the hours and hours necessary each night, to have the fields ready for "your teams" and your staff, to arrive each morning at 5:30 am. For them to complement the appearance of the fields and the turf grass as they walked onto Klumpker, Vab Atta et al, made it all worth it, Dave. I know the guys who were with me each night; and those who have come after us, feel the same way. It's hard work - but was always worth it! I still take great pride in my relationship with you, your staff and the entire organization. Steve Gadbois

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Scott Wedel 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Is this in response to the head of Parks and Rec being forced out? Saying that Triple Crown liked the job Parks and Rec was doing and Triple Crown wasn't seeking a new head of Parks and Rec?

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walt jones 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I wonder the same Scott.

And Mr. King, even though this was a nice letter the community still does not want to build the complex you insisted upon a few years ago.

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