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Proposed El Jebel rec center scores some funds

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL ” The organizers of a proposed midvalley recreation center are moving closer to a goal of collecting $100,000 to promote the effort.

Friends of the Crown Mountain Recreation Center recently reported that the organization received a $6,000 grant from the Noble Lane Foundation. The foundation is tied to the family of midvalley businessman Ace Lane. The contribution allowed the nonprofit to complete the “match” portion of a $20,000 challenge grant from the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, according to Aimee Conrardy of the recreation center group.

Friends of the Crown Mountain Recreation Center plans to ask midvalley voters for funding in November to build the facility. A steering committee has been working with consultants on a proposed building and its uses, as well as an operating budget.



The steering committee has a goal to raise $100,000 to prepare a ballot question, then promote it. The recreation center would be located at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel, but it needs to be funded separately. Voters approved a property tax hike for Crown Mountain Park earlier this decade, but those funds were required to build the park and now operate it. The recreation center needs independent, separate funding.

The Friends of the Mid Valley Recreation Center Steering Committee has been working with recreational consultants to develop a program, site plan and operating costs to propose a ballot question this November.




So far the rec center proponents have raised a $20,000 pledge from Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, $10,000 from the town of Basalt, $6,000 from the Noble Lane Foundation and $4,646 from other private parties.

More information about the proposed recreation center can be found at midvalleyreccenter.com.