Pitkin County open space losing longtime contributors McFlynn and Greenway
Nearly 50 years of institutional knowledge is leaving the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program as two longtime board of trustees members have decided to call it a day.
Tim McFlynn resigned because he is moving out of the district he represents. Hawk Greenway decided not to seek reappointment after serving four consecutive five-year terms.
McFlynn helped launch the open space program after the Hunter Creek Valley access fight of the late 1980s and 1990s fueled concern about access to federal land and the pace of development of private land.
He worked with Connie Harvey in 1989 to research ways to create and fund an open space program, which was relatively rare at the time. He helped manage the first campaign in 1990, where voters in Pitkin County supported the creation of the agency. He has served as a trustee since 2005.
McFlynn submitted a letter of resignation to the county commissioners Feb. 23. He credited teamwork between the trustees, open space staff and county commissioners for creating such a successful program.
“That combination of core values, selfless commitment and good ideas coalesced to earn the trust and continue support of Pitkin County voters and taxpayers four time, most recently when they reauthorized the program through 2040,” McFlynn wrote.
He signed off by writing, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”
Greenway submitted a letter Tuesday informing the commissioners he wouldn’t seek reappointment. He said it was rewarding to see the program grow over the years in various ways.
“I have seen some tremendously important parts of our landscape preserved and protected, from ranches to waterfront, from entrances to both the county and our towns, to remote mining parcels preventing ever-increasingly likely sprawl,” Greenway wrote. “I have seen important backcountry access routes preserved for the future, partnerships developed with the major landowners in the county, the federal agencies, and flagship parcels protected after yearslong campaigns.
“I would like to think I have played a part in all of this, but it has truly been a joint effort,” he added.
Like McFlynn, Greenway cited teamwork as the key to success for the open space and trails program. He said during his 20 years on the board, it enjoyed 100 percent success in having the county commissioners support the trustees’ recommendations on purchases.
“We have also never seen a ‘run’ made at the fund for non-open space expenditures,” he wrote.
The county commissioners will interview candidates this month for the two openings on the five-member board.
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