Don’t ruin Crown Mountain Park
Editor’s note: The following letter was written to the Eagle Board of County Commissioners, the town of Basalt, the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District. Dear Editor:The proposed realignment of East Valley Road downvalley of City Market is not acceptable. Eagle County proposes to run East Valley Road through the existing Crown Mountain Park. After destroying portions of that park, Eagle County is also considering the ruination of Sopris Village’s own playground, which is a popular place for our young children to play. Even if the county reshapes Sopris Village’s playground and returns some land to the homeowners association, a new intersection will be built feet away from the swings and jungle gym where the kids hang out.If the road is realigned and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority builds a 90-spot park-and-ride in that same location, traffic will be dumped onto our quiet residential streets. There are no sidewalks in our neighborhood. Pedestrians walk the streets constantly and will face the danger of people racing through our neighborhood to miss the traffic lights on Highway 82. We are also concerned about air quality with all those RFTA buses idling waiting for passengers.We were told at Saturday’s meeting part of the reason for the road realignment is the proposed Crown Mountain Recreation Center. Up to now I was all for the rec center; however, if the center causes the road realignment I predict the rec center’s support is going to dry up in our neighborhood.Our neighborhood is a quiet worker-bee haven. We do not want it wrecked because Eagle County built its building in the wrong spot a few years ago. We also do not want to suffer because RFTA wants a new park-and-ride. Figure out a new alignment as the current one is not acceptable. On Saturday when I returned to my house from the meeting, I walked with my 10-year-old son on the existing bike path in Crown Mountain Park right where the proposed road would be. It was a beautiful day and very quiet. The thought of a road ripping apart that tranquility is outrageous.Brad GibsonCarbondale
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