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Howelsen Park Vision 2040 hosts 1st community event

The city of Steamboat Springs will be hosting its first community engagement gathering focused on the vision for Howelsen Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Townies, 1744 Lincoln Ave.

This gathering represents the first phase of a five-phase engagement program over the coming months, which will mix stakeholder input, public gatherings, surveys, previous planning efforts and a variety of digital resources, including an interactive website, engagesteamboat.net, in an effort to reach a wide audience.

Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Howelsen Park Vision 2040 project is looking to engage the community in an effort to develop a 20-year vision for the entire Howelsen Park complex, from the BMX track across the rodeo venue to the ice arena, and up to the top of the ski area. The goal is to create a community vision that understands desired year-round uses of the complex, while factoring in associated costs and funding mechanisms.

Applications accepted for local 2017-18 Rotary Club grants

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs is seeking applications for the first round of grants in the 2017-18 funding cycle. Applications can be found online at steamboatrotary.com. Applications are due by Dec. 1 and should be submitted to steamboatrotarygrants@gmail.com.

YVSC celebrates America Recycles Day with reusable bags

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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host a free reusable bag giveaway Wednesday, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

In observance of America Recycles Day and to encourage our community to reduce, reuse and recycle, YVSC is giving out free reusable shopping bags at City Market, Safeway and Natural Grocers at noonWednesday while supplies last. The giveaway is in partnership with Routt County Environmental Health.

YVSC is also assisting with America Recycles Day activities at local schools to educate students about recycling and encourage them to take the pledge to recycle. As part of America Recycles Day, Aces High Services Inc. will be bringing a recycling truck to both Soda Creek Elementary and Strawberry Park Elementary for students to get an up-close look at how their recyclables are collected.

In 2016, Colorado's waste diversion rate was only 19 percent, well below the national average of 35 percent.

"America Recycles Day provides an opportunity to gain momentum for recycling in Colorado, and to help make recycling a daily social norm for people of all ages in Routt County," said YVSC Executive Director Sarah Jones in a news release. "Take the '#BeRecycled' pledge and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same."

In honor of America Recycles Day and to help increase recycling rates in our community, YVSC shares the following local resources for hard-to-recycle items:

Political yard signs: Plastic bag-like signs can be recycled with plastic grocery bags at Safeway or City Market. Metal stakes can go to the scrap metal collection bin at Aces High. Please remove all plastic or cardboard signs from the frames before recycling. 

Scrap metal: Axis Steel also accepts scrap metal for free at Aces High.
D & D Enterprises and Waste Management accept scrap metal and appliances without Freon for a fee. 

Paint: Ace Hardware and Sherwin-Williams accept 5 gallons of paint per customer per visit at no charge.

Lightbulbs: Yampa Valley Electric Association, in partnership with Brite Ideas, is now accepting CFL and tube lights during business hours at their office on Elk River Road. 

For more information about additional hard-to-recycle items and the above materials, go to YVSC's online, interactive A-Z Recycling Guide at yvsc.org/a-zrecycleguide.

Local ribbon cutting planned for projects

The city of Steamboat Springs will host a ribbon-cutting celebration for the recently completed downtown improvement projects on Yampa and Oak streets, which run along a nine-block stretch from Third to 12th streets, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 near Little Toots Park.

"When you take a look at the before and after images of these areas, it's impressive to see what we were able to accomplish collectively together," said Ben Beall, city engineer, in a news release. "Collaboration is the essence of downtown, and without the support of all the businesses and residents, these projects would not have gone as smoothly nor have accomplished as much."

In July 2015, City Council authorized moving forward with a three-year downtown improvement plan, and the overall $11 million funding package included certificates of participation, general fund revenue, grants, franchise fee restricted reserves and a private property assessment.

Public works engineer Matthew Eggen oversaw the Oak Street project with Native Excavating acting as general contractor. The Yampa Street project was led by public works engineer Danny Paul with Duckels Construction as the contractor.

Oak Street enhancements have been completed, and the majority of work for the Yampa Street project has been finished. However, in the spring of 2018, the street will be repaved, benches, bike racks and trash cans will be installed and some additional small hardscape and landscaping work is planned.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public.

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