City, friends mark birthday of former mayor | AspenTimes.com

City, friends mark birthday of former mayor

Aspen Times writer

Eve Homeyer, former mayor of Aspen, tireless booster of the local bus system and a community activist in many other ways for decades, turns 90 years old this weekend.The big day is Sunday, but a low-key luncheon celebration for Homeyer and a small group of friends has been scheduled for Monday at the Hotel Jerome. In addition, friends and acquaintances have taken out advertisements in the local papers in the form of a happy birthday card to run in the Sunday editions.And at 2 p.m. Monday, at the Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s Rubey Park bus terminal on Durant Avenue, Mayor Helen Klanderud will lead a small dedication ceremony aimed at honoring Homeyer “and thanking her for her many contributions to the city of Aspen.”The dedication may or may not feature an appearance by the birthday girl. But it will feature the unveiling of a surprise birthday present in recognition of Homeyer’s work in support of mass transit over the past few decades. The mayor also plans to have a formal proclamation read at next week’s City Council meeting.Homeyer, who moved to Aspen in 1959, was elected to serve two terms as mayor in 1969 and 1971. She lead the way in the city’s early acquisition of open space for parks, including Rubey Park. She was a leading proponent of senior housing in the upper valley, and she showed her devotion to the principles of mass transit by giving up her private car when she was elected mayor and never driving again. She has become a regular sight at bus stops around town since.