Chris Ricks: Parking problems


From the June 4 Steamboat Today the headline reads, “Council to vote on parking.” A second headline reads, “Casey’s Pond parking an issue.”

Those articles contain several quotes and references that are a bit disturbing in light of the past and future impacts of decisions being made by our elected/appointed officials.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is about to initiate a $54,000 parking study, but the council members are going to decide at their June 17 meeting whether to eliminate 33 spaces along Yampa Street. “I don’t see what we are going to get with this study” one council member said.

The city manager thinks the study is necessary because “we have no real expertise in town. I want to bring you a comprehensive solution.”

Heightening the level of frustration is the commentary presented in the Casey’s Pond article. The parking problems for Casey’s Pond (and the immediate neighborhood) came about even after a city-mandated parking study and an extensive approval process involving building, planning and council reviews.

“Not having approved that type of facility before, the city relied on the parking study,” the article states. “I don’t think they deliberately designed themselves into this situation,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

A design that he and/or his department approved. A design that, from the numbers presented in the article, was glaringly inappropriate from any viewpoint.

The planning director and city officials must exercise greater skill sets before diving headlong into another series of shortsighted attempts to facilitate our apparent parking problems.

The city officials must take a deep breath, review the multitude of past parking studies, recognize their failures in projects like Casey’s Pond and move forward with their current agenda only after significant due diligence has been met.

Chris Ricks

North Routt


Thomss Steele 2 years, 10 months ago

Rick great ideas. We do need to slow down and review the past studies. If our City Counsel refuses to do so and continues to spend money recklessly then we need to start replacing them.


Michael Bird 2 years, 10 months ago

Can anyone name a structure built with adequate parking anywhere ? It'd be rare. Parking space is expensive so is always minimized in a project. If one notices, the approved parking is almost always 1/2 of what is needed as a minimum. Our last parking study cost $400,000 as i remember and created the chaos we now have on Lincoln with unsafe right turns from side streets and a significant loss of parking spots plus a snow clearing nightmare. To allow more time to cross, one needed only to change the street signal's timing but instead we have very expensive and totally unnecessary put-outs. Changing the timing costs almost nothing. Then we come to eliminating parking on parts of Yampa. O yeah - that'd be great for the disabled and handicapped. Make the elderly spouse push his/her wheelchair bound spouse blocks instead of feet. The lack of these now on Yampa is deplorable.


Fred Duckels 2 years, 10 months ago

Let's remember the Iron Horse and how that decision sent scoundrels into exile. This is akin to the Nixon impeachment and now everyone now knows the path to absolution. The study provides a certificate and absolves the visionaries if things go south. If the decision turns sour the council can shrug their shoulders knowing that the idea was not theirs.


Scott Wedel 2 years, 10 months ago


Are you sitting down and your blood pressure ok?

On the agenda for the next Yampa Valley Housing Authority is an executive session to consider purchasing community housing assets. So the same crew that cannot pay on their million loan from the city is out looking to spend more money.

And considering the issue in executive session so the public cannot tell them that they are out of their minds.


Fred Duckels 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm speechless. Sounds like Obama's SOP is becoming everyday.


Fred Duckels 2 years, 10 months ago

They tried to buy Sleepy Bear but they couldn't get financing, They must sniff some grant money somewhere.


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