Cemetery or park? | AspenTimes.com

Cemetery or park?

The city of Aspen is to be applauded for its efforts to restore the Ute Cemetery. However, in its efforts to preserve the old cemetery, it has lost sight of what it has become – a sacred place of quiet calm and seclusion, a place of reflection away from the hectic pace of Aspen.

This also is worthy of preservation. The city plans a four-foot-wide path as a throughway from the bike path to Ute children’s park and four-foot-wide loop paths that will overpower the scale of this natural environment.

The city also is considering an entrance with brick pilasters, picket fencing, a bench and signage throughout the area. With all these changes, will this still be a cemetery, a place of reverence or will it become a park?

Please come to the Ute Cemetery on Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. for a work session with city staff to study its plans for the Ute Cemetery. If you love the Ute, you need to be there. Thank you.

Georgeann Waggaman

Aspen

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