Momentum builds for midvalley recreation center |

Momentum builds for midvalley recreation center

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Basalt town government has jumpstarted final planning for a recreation center in the midvalley.

The Town Council voted 6-0 at a recent meeting to give $10,000 to a group working to make the rec center a reality. Friends of the Crown Mountain Recreation Center Committee is trying to raise $100,000 for final studies, draft ballot language and to undertake a campaign, according to Aimee Conrardy, the chair of the committee.

The group is seeking $50,000 for the effort from Eagle County government. The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District has pledged $20,000 in a challenge grant, Conrady said. The recreation district will award the $20,000 grant if the committee raises $20,000 from other sources.

The recreation center is planned for Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. However, the special district that was created to build that park is devoting all its taxpayer-provided funds for that endeavor. A recreation center will require a separate effort with additional funding from voters.

Conrardy said the proponents’ goal is to approach voters in November 2009 to fund the recreation center.

The recreation center has been studied since 2006 with initial funding by the Mid Valley Metropolitan District. The first step was a professional survey of residents in the proposed district to gauge their level of interest and support. The results showed the idea was popular.

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A steering committee of supporters then hired GreenPlay, a recreation-planning consulting firm from Broomfield, to work on a preliminary plan for a facility and the activities it could host.

The steering committee has been incorporated into a formal issue commitee with the state of Colorado to pursue the idea further. Conrady said the committee wants to retain GreenPlay to refine a plan by working with small groups of residents, then advance the proposal to an election.