City eyes recycle center overhaul

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Controversy could manifest Tuesday during the City Council’s the discussion of how to redevelop the recycling center at Rio Grande Park.

Elected officials last month approved a $60,100 contract to expand the Rio Grande Recycle Center and skate park, which calls for paving the site and building ramps in the recycling area to help alleviate issues associated with inclement weather.

City staffers suggest that improvements will make it easier to remove snow. The redevelopment also incorporates space for an additional recycle bin for grass and leaves, according to city staff.

The proposal comes from WRC Engineering Inc., which will be part of several public meetings on the design of the redeveloped area.

Toni Kronberg, who ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in the June runoff election, has been distributing a flier urging citizens to attend the meeting and speak out against the proposal.

Kronberg furiously fought against City Hall’s proposal last fall to build a new recycling center at the site, which included new buildings. Voters defeated the proposal in November.

Kronberg argues that a new recycling center would leave little room to expand the adjacent skate park. The current proposal, which doesn’t include any buildings, does not specifically address expanding the skate park except for a small grassy area.

The City Council meets downstairs in City Hall at 5 p.m.