2C benefits skateboarders, recyclers
Dear Editor:The opponents of the recycle center redevelopment have been presenting Referendum 2C as trees versus buildings, and this is not the case. You can see the proposed recycle center at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/depts/44/recycle_ctr.cfm. The recycle center has a large number of trees incorporated as part of the design; it incorporates two open-sided roof structures to protect the required wheelchair ramp and the recycling containers from winter weather. It also contains the recyclables to prevent them from blowing around the neighborhood. The recycle center as planned allows for a modest expansion of the skateboard park. The only Parks Department property that receives more user days than the skateboard park is the ARC. The roof structures that are planned for the site are pulled toward the front of the lot to allow for additional skateboard obstacles where the old snow melting facility was located. The current skate park is approximately 14,000 square feet, and it is planned to expand it by a modest 4,000 square feet next summer. The berms that the recycle center opponents are asking for will take up more space on the lot than the proposed roof structures and will not allow room for the additional skateboarding terrain for our kids.The recycle center as planned by a volunteer citizen committee and approved by City Council will be an improvement over the dump we currently have and make more room for our kids to boot. Vote Yes on Referendum 2C.Patrick JonesAspen
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