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May 1, 2014
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Three board seats up at Crown Mountain Park

The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District will have its first contested election Tuesday, when four candidates compete for three positions on the board of directors.

The three incumbents are seeking re-election. A challenger who emerged n November’s election over a indoor recreation center also is running for a post.

The polling place is at the Crown Mountain Park office in El Jebel. Signs will guide motorists to the polling place once they turn off Valley Road into the road network for Crown Mountain Park and the Eagle County community building. The polling place will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There is no mail-in ballot for the election, but absentee ballots are available.

Following are profiles of the four candidates.

Ted Bristol

Age: 72

Job: Owner of The UPS Store, Apple-app developer and ski instructor (Aspen Ski/SnowBoard School).

Area of residence: Missouri Heights.

Civic/community experience: Five years with Aspen FIS World Cup, four of those years as chairperson of headquarters; treasurer of the Mid-Valley Caucus, 1998; nine years as volunteer with Forest Conservancy; 17-year sponsor of “Ride for the Pass”; three years as volunteer for 24 Hours of Aspen; and last year as chairperson of ESPN Media; 18-year sponsor of U.S.T.A. Tennis Tournament at River Valley Ranch; currently on board of “Advantage-In indoor Tennis” a 501(c)(3) working to bring indoor tennis to Crown Mountain Park and Recreation; currently vice president of the Crown Mountain board.

Why should voters re-elect you?

The current Crown Mountain board has brought to the community a first-class park district that has not cost the voter any more today than it did 10 years ago — just much better managed and more activities and facilities.

Is there another public unity out there whose services and facilities have grown as dramatically as Crown Mountain’s over the last 10 to 12 years without costing any more? The Basalt Regional Library District, the Roaring Fork School District and the Basalt Fire District have all asked for and received increased tax funding since 2002. In the meantime, park facilities, programs and use have grown exponentially at no increased cost.

A new, national-caliber BMX Park that has cost the voters zero dollars.

In the works is the first and only public indoor tennis facility from Aspen to Grand Junction to Edwards that will cost the taxpayer zero dollars.

Two years ago the Park Board hired a new executive director, Chris Woods, who has increased the park revenue 6,000 percent in two years.

Richard Pavcek

Age: 42

Job: Architect

Area of residence: Basalt, Willits Subdivision

Civic/community experience: Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District board member for four years; planning experience as an architect for 16 years working within Aspen and Basalt.

Why should voters re-elect you?

In the past four years as a member of the current board, we have expanded programming for all age groups, made multiple improvements to the park itself, reorganized the park leadership to move improvements forward, partnered with several local groups to encourage program growth, raised revenue, and installed a competition BMX track — all without raising taxes.

If elected I will continue this growth in a fiscally responsible way and look for more ways to expand recreation opportunities for all members of the community.

I want to continue working to raise awareness of the district, its current offerings and how we all can continue to work together to provide something for everyone. We’ve come a long way in four years and seeing the range of activities occurring every day at Crown Mountain Park is a small sign of what we can accomplish.

Bill Reynolds

Note: did not provide photo

Age: 57

Job: Executive director, Mid Valley Metropolitan District

Area of residence: Blue Lake

Civic/community experience: Four-year board member, Mid Valley Metropolitan District; Basalt recreation — basketball coach, Basalt soccer coach, soccer referee; Basalt schools — football announcer; one of the top fans of kids in sports, music and the arts.

Why should voters re-elect you?

Communities are measured by the quality of our schools and recreational opportunities offered, both active and passive. I will continue to work to meet the growing recreational needs of our expanding community. This includes all ages and requires programs and facilities. This is what Park and Recreation Departments are created for.

Spend some time during soccer and baseball season at the park. See all the activities that are going on. Visit the new BMX park during a competition. Experience the improvements to our turf fields, baseball fields and playground areas.

The park has a new level of activity. We have been very busy. Stop in and meet our executive director, hired by this board and find out about all the programs and events he and staff are providing to the community.

We are looking to consolidate recreational efforts to the benefit of the taxpayers and bring new programs and events to the benefit of our community and business. Bottom line is my work is not done yet.

Katie Schwoerer

Age: Old enough to hold an elected office

Job: Finance director for a local nonprofit

Area of residence: Basalt

Civic/community service: Basalt Town Council; No on 4C and 4D Campaign (committee that worked against a recreation center at Crown Mountain); several local nonprofit boards.

Why should voters elect you?

I would like to serve on the Crown Mountain board to provide representation for the significant majority of our community who opposed the recently proposed recreation center. I would like to increase the transparency of the board and include more community involvement so that the board’s decisions are guided by financial prudence and the majority district voice. I believe it is important to foster the growing relationship between Crown Mountain and the Basalt Recreation department, so that the community’s assets are combined for greater impact and programming. Finally, I would strive to maintain our park as a community amenity of abundant open space and outdoor recreation.


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