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Parks and rec department proposes capital improvement plan

Scott Franz

— Some major Yampa River restoration projects, a second sheet of ice at the Howelsen Ice Arena and an aerial adventure course are among the big-ticket items the city’s Parks and Community Services Department hopes can be funded over the next six years in the city’s capital improvement program.

The CIP proposal from the department also would continue to replace several aging playgrounds in the city, convert irrigation systems at city parks to use raw water and improve snowmaking equipment at Howelsen Hill.

View the entire list of projects here.

Some of the projects, including the second sheet of ice at the Howelsen Ice Arena, would depend upon successful private fundraising efforts.

The aerial adventure course and the second sheet of ice are two high-profile items that have not previously appeared on the department’s proposed CIP.

Aerial adventure courses allow visitors to tackle a series of obstacles high above the ground while they are attached to a safety cable.

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A Front Range consulting company that specializes in the development of such attractions was at Howelsen Hill in May to begin determining if the terrain at the park would be suitable for an aerial course.

Parks and Community Services Director John Overstreet said the idea still needs to be vetted before it advances.

The proposed list of capital projects was presented Wednesday to the city’s parks and recreation commission for feedback.

All city departments are currently working on their CIP proposals to submit to the city manager and finance director.

The projects that make the cut are then sent to the Steamboat Springs CIty Council in the fall for consideration.

The Steamboat Today will feature the citywide list of proposed capital projects before they are considered by the council.

Funding for parks and recreation amenities in the city has been a common topic of discussion in city council chambers in recent months.

The council recently convened a new working group of local citizens and elected officials that will spend the next several months studying alternative forms of parks and recreation funding.

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission does not feel the city’s parks and other recreation facilities are being adequately funded and improved by the city’s general fund alone.

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