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A plea for help

(This letter was originally addressed to the City of Aspen.)Jonathan Lewis, extraordinaire, did just recently offer another million dollars to the city of Aspen’s ice rink at Iselin Park if the community at large raised another million to match his million by this Saturday.Emptying out my piggy bank at Alpine Bank, I realized that my $47.50 was almost $50 and that it would take 8,000 people to contribute $50 each to come up with the $400,000 that is still needed to meet the Feb. 1 deadline.The city of Aspen cannot afford to lose the $1 million that Mr. Lewis has offered to the city through SPARC for a city amenity. There is a solution to meeting the Feb. 1 deadline. Recently the Ccouncil approved $1.5 million out of the excess monies from the 1999 Parks and Recreation Bond to start a new construction project on lower Cemetery Lane.Instead of starting on the new Cemetery Lane project, let’s “finish up” what has already been started at the city’s new pool and ice facility, aka Aspen Recreation Center, and get it done.If we miss Feb. 1 deadline, how long will it take to get the new pool and ice facility open?Toni KronbergAspen


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