Allison Tate: Protect our open space
August 26, 2013
Throughout the years, there have been various proposals for development in Rita Valentine Park and the adjacent green space, the most recent being the proposed police station. As the city of Steamboat Springs grows, our parks and open green areas become more and more precious to the community.
This unique park is used year round both by local residents and visitors alike. It is one of the few places, within the city, where people can exercise their dogs and enjoy the rustic walking paths, snowshoe trails and cross-country ski trails that meander through the park. Along with excellent views of Mount Werner and Emerald Mountain, one often can see deer, elk and moose, which frequent the area.
In addition, the proposed site lies in the middle of a quiet residential area. A police station would bring increased traffic and noise to the neighborhood and would be quite disruptive. While I understand the desire to find city-owned property for a new police station, I would urge the city to find a more appropriate site and to protect Rita Valentine Park and our open green space.