Dwain Carnes and Peyton, 2, fly down the Alpine Slide on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. The city of Steamboat on Thursday night will host the first of a series of public meetings to discuss the park's future.

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Dwain Carnes and Peyton, 2, fly down the Alpine Slide on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. The city of Steamboat on Thursday night will host the first of a series of public meetings to discuss the park's future.

City of Steamboat Springs wants your feedback on the future of Howelsen Hill

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Howelsen Park Master Plan public meeting

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs
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— Anyone who has something to say about the future of Howelsen Hill should plan to be at Olympian Hall on Thursday night.

The city of Steamboat Springs is about to host the first in a series of public meetings to discuss a new master plan for Howelsen and its wide range of amenities.

The city also soon will conduct a survey to gauge what the community thinks is working there, and what could be improved.

"We want as much public input as we can get in this first public meeting," Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Director John Overstreet said. "It is apparent the public loves this park, from its trails and open space to the ice arena and the ballfields. We just really want to find out what people would like to see in the future."

In recent weeks, Overstreet has sought feedback from about 30 groups that use the park. They range from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to equestrians to those involved with the summer rodeos.

Overstreet said park users and the public already have offered several ideas for Howelsen's future.

"It's been from a second sheet of outdoor ice to putting down synthetic turf on the ballfields so there's more play for locals on each end of the season," he said. "There's a lot of different ideas out there. All of them are good, but I think it's really advantageous while it's all going on to take these ideas out to the public and see what they think."

Thursday night's public meeting will be the first in a series that will be held this summer, Overstreet said.

Future meeting dates will be announced soon.

The city is aiming to give a presentation to the Steamboat Springs City Council about the future of Howelsen later this summer.

"What has been great is most, if not all, of the groups who use the park have been global in their thinking process," Overstreet said. "They're not just thinking of their own areas of expertise, but of the park as a whole. This is a central downtown park, and wow, what an amenity for the whole city. How can we make it better? How can it be used in a better way?"

While there have been recent master plans for the rodeo grounds and other parts of the park, the last comprehensive master plan done for all of Howelsen was completed in the 1990s.

What do you think about Howelsen Hill and its future? Leave a comment below.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

Comments

Scott Wedel 7 months, 1 week ago

It isn't on the agenda, but why isn't it being asked if the operation of the amenities could be improved? Howelson as a ski area couldn't be any more low profile. It couldn't do any less to attract paying customers. It'd seem perfectly situated as a way for arriving skiers to affordably get in a few runs to check out their equipment and so on.

Is the ice rink being run to maximize public availability and revenues or more for the benefit of a relatively small number of figure skaters and hockey players by renting the rink at prime times at subsidized rates?

The ongoing operating costs of Howelson could easily become unaffordable and I'd say far more focus needs to be on the long term operating costs.

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Cresean Sterne 7 months, 1 week ago

GREAT BIG THANKS to Parks and Rec & John Overstreet for doing a fantastic job on the tennis courts. The surfaceing and nets make the courts look new and they play great. Clarence Sterne (Coach, C-Port) would be proud at how well they have been taken care of.

Thaks again and great job!! :*)

The Sterne and Hughes families

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