Steamboat seeks feedback on Brent Romick Rodeo Arena site plan |

Steamboat seeks feedback on Brent Romick Rodeo Arena site plan

Jack Weinstein

— The city of Steamboat Springs is moving forward with plans to improve Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, and it's looking for feedback.

The city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a public meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to take recommendations for a schematic site plan design for the 14-acre rodeo arena site at the base of Howelsen Hill.

Parks Director Chris Wilson said getting input from rodeo users, sports groups, business owners and residents was the next step in the plan that began when the rodeo master plan was presented in December 2009. He said the master plan included a conceptual design for improvements to the rodeo grounds.

"What this does, it takes those general concepts and takes them to a higher level," Wilson said.

He said the city will use $50,000, including a $35,000 grant awarded last year by Great Outdoors Colorado and a $15,000 match from the city, to pay Denver-based landscape planning and architecture firm Norris Design to complete the schematic site plan design. The company also created the master plan.

Wilson said that there was no timetable for the improvements to the rodeo arena but that rodeo board members, which will attend the public meeting, would use the schematic site plan design to start a fundraising campaign. He said implementation depends on funding.

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The master plan identifies improvements that could cost $3 million to nearly $4.7 million.

Rodeo user groups have been invited to the public meeting, Wilson said, and added that it was open to sports groups, business owners and residents who might use the grounds for other functions.

"Anybody in the community that wants to give us their 2 cents' worth, we'd love to get that information," Wilson said.

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