DJ and Hank Edwards: Keep open space open

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To the members of the City Council:

I read with interest the April 17 issue of the Steamboat Today’s story on the Parks and Recreation Commission’s search for new committee members and their respective views of exploring new ways of funding for the city’s vast portfolio of recreational amenities.

There was a question raised as to whether the commission should “dive back into master plans for Rita Valentine Park.” A candidate that later was appointed to the commission stated that the greatest challenge for the city would be the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of existing infrastructure of its amenities.

I would like to bring to the City Council’s attention that the real title of the commission is Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. Quite often the Open Space is omitted in its title. Right now, Rita Valentine Park is considered undeveloped open space. Open space is very cost efficient as it does not need much funding, maintenance or services.

Each time there is a poll or vote of city and county residents, the vote is for more open space.

Please remember that the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department should be the stewards of open space, too, and should strive to keep their existing parks well maintained and fight to keep their existing open space open!

Now is the time to listen to the majority of your citizens and dedicate Rita Valentine Park as open space in perpetuity.

With respect,

DJ and Hank Edwards

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Neil O'Keeffe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Does that mean that you would find a frisbe golf course acceptable for this open space and if not why?

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Martha D Young 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, DJ and Hank. I fully share your opinion. Frisbee golf is incompatible with open space. Can you imagine walking, biking or skiing in the park and having a Frisbee zing by your head? I don't think the wildlife would appreciate it either.

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Kieran O'Halloran 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Have you ever been frisbee golfing? I agree it should be open space and do not think frisbee golf should be in Rita, but its not this crazy game with tons of disc flying at your head over a 40 acre site. Its a structured game with set up fairways and baskets. If designed correctly it could easily fit in 40 acres (or less) site and be very separated from other activities. Many SUPER populated city parks in Denver,Fort Collins,Colorado Springs,etc have disc golf courses and they have little impact on other park users. In my opinion ski area should have a course again or one near Howelson which has plenty of space and parking.

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mark hartless 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Frisbee's now have a negative impact on wildlife??? Jeeezz.

Can anyone imagine "...skiing in the park and having a frisbee zing by your head...?? Really... in the snow???

Do ya think the wildlife "appreciate" the skiers and bikers, Martha??? My guess is that you have told yourself that they do... many times, so it must be so...

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