Megan Richard: Triple Crown access needs study
July 13, 2015
Historically, market data has shown a marked decrease in property values in heavily trafficked areas versus less travelled streets. In my opinion, if the city opens up Emerald Park to the Triple Crown through Pamela Lane, in violation of the policy set in 1996, it should hire an independent consultant to conduct a market analysis on the negative impacts on property values in that neighborhood. And before any alternative access is developed, there should be an analysis of the impact on the wetlands involved, and the impact to the Botanic Park, one of the finest high-altitude gardens in the country. This community gem hosts weddings, school field trips, yoga and meditation classes, concerts on the green, and of course, a variety of gardens and a home for native and medicinal plants. The park is solely supported by grants and donations and sees 25,000 visitors per year. Admission is free, and the experience is priceless. Any change to the existing policy with Triple Crown should be carefully analyzed and turned over to a vote. Although city managers, city staff, city council and city parks and rec directors may turn over and over, the citizens of Steamboat remember the history of this debate and the policies that were agreed upon.