Open house planned for midvalley rec center |

Open house planned for midvalley rec center

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

EL JEBEL – An open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Eagle County Community Building in El Jebel to display plans for a midvalley recreation center to the public.

Proponents have proposed a 63,000-square-foot recreation center based on needs determined in a community survey. That is about the same size as the Glenwood Springs Community Center and roughly 20,000 square feet smaller than the Aspen Recreation Center, according to Mark Fuller, a planning consultant for the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District. The center would offer a variety of affordable fitness and recreation programs for people of all ages.

Crown Mountain’s board of directors is considering placing a $25 million bond issue question on the November 2011 ballot. The bonds would be repaid through a property tax increase. The district will also consider asking voters for a $500,000 subsidy for operations and maintenance of the facility. It will hold public hearings before voting in August on whether or not to place funding questions on the November ballot.

Meanwhile, the plan for the recreation center will be reviewed June 2 by the Roaring Fork Regional Planning and Zoning Commission. Proponents want to make sure their plan is circulated among the public before that hearing begins. The planning commission will make a recommendation to the Eagle County commissioners.

Proponents are taking their proposal directly to the public after some unfavorable comments by the Pitkin County commissioners and Basalt Town Council. Basalt council members questioned the need for that size of recreation center and the wisdom of asking voters for a tax increase while the economy is still ailing.

Proponents counter that the recreation center is an amenity that many midvalley residents have said they will support in prior surveys.

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