Open Sky leads in Droste voting |

Open Sky leads in Droste voting

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Open Sky Ridge is the leader in the vote to rename the ridge on the former Droste property, while Skyline Mountain Park is the top choice for a broader collection of open space parcels, the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board of trustees was told Thursday.

Online voting continues through the end of the month, but whether the committee charged with looking at the results and making a formal recommendation will push the winning names forward is unclear.

“They don’t feel they have to make a selection immediately if they don’t feel it’s right for the community,” said Dale Will, Open Space and Trails director.

Proposed names for the scenic ridge, which separates the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys outside of Snowmass Village, were nominated by the public. Names for a collection of connected open space properties – some 2,500 acres in all – were also solicited.

The public is now asked to vote on the five chosen nominees for both the ridge and the greater mountain park. Local schools were also asked to participate in the voting, but have decided that students should cast their votes online like everyone else.

Other name suggestions, meanwhile, have continued to crop up.

“To some extent, it’s a no-win proposition,” said board member Hawk Greenway of choosing the names. He is a member of the committee, which also includes representation from Aspen, Snowmass and Aspen Valley Land Trust.

“I’m not sure we shouldn’t have a none-of-the-above selection there,” he added.

With 140 votes cast by Thursday morning, 37 percent favored Open Sky Ridge and 42 percent chose Skyline Mountain Park. Go to and click on Open Space and Trails under County Departments to find the link to online voting.

Greenway hinted that he would be in no hurry to forward names that don’t resonate with the community.

“I’m firmly of the opinion that names matter, and the right name for this matters,” he said.

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