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Future of Rita Valentine Park on tap at Wednesday Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

John Waldman plays a game of fetch with his dog Luna in Rita Valentine Park. The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday night will discuss whether the park should be opened up to more recreational users.

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Citizen’s Hall, 124 10th St.

Becoming Rita Valentine Park

January, 1985: The 40 acres that would become the park are donated to the city of Steamboat by two developers from California.

February, 1985: Steamboat Springs City Council frets about $14,000 tax bill on property

October, 1992: City Council adopts an ordinance designating the land to be used for park, open space and recreational purposes.

June, 1996: Park is named in honor of Rita Valentine, who helped convince the developers to donate the land.

2009: Conceptual plan for Rita Valentine Park is completed. Plans include possible recreational facilities and new parking lot.

August, 2009: CIty Council votes unanimously to table the conceptual plan for the park indefinitely

July 20, 2010: City Council halts disc golf course on the property

August, 2013: City eyes park as location for new police station

September, 2013: City abandons idea to build station on Rita Valentine Park

May, 2014: City Council votes to have parks and recreation commission revisit conceptual plans for Rita Valentine Park

June 11, 2014: Parks and recreation commission scheduled to discuss recreational uses in park