Aspen needs its community center |

Aspen needs its community center

Dear Editor:

“Aspen’s Green Pickle,” presented in association with the Hudson Reed Ensemble, has two thank yous.

The first thank you goes to all the people who packed the Rio Grande Meeting Room (former youth center) to watch the performance this past Wednesday night and offer such positive feedback.

The second thank you goes to the city of Aspen for transforming the former youth center building into an in-town community center where all kinds of events and meetings take place every day for a reasonable rental fee.

I do not support selling this perfectly good public building and land to a private art museum. Aspen needs a place like the former youth center building to function like a community building/center. Yes, it could use some repair and upkeep which could give local construction workers a job. And with Aspen’s weariness of construction projects, wouldn’t that make more sense than putting the citizens through a couple more years of dirt, noise, and pollution right in the center of town? “Aspen’s Green Pickle” totally enjoyed the space within this building.

Vote NO on Referendum Question No. 1. Let’s keep the city-owned former youth center building and continue to transform the building into an in-town community center available to all!

Ricki Newman


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