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Public shares its ideas on what to call Droste property

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Vista Ridge. Central Park. Elected Officials Get it Right Park.

A committee charged with whittling down a list of ideas for naming the open space centered around the former Droste property outside of Snowmass Village will have plenty of proposals to consider when it meets Wednesday.

For about a month, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails collected name nominations for both the scenic ridge on the former Droste land and a broader collection of open space parcels, all tied together by last year’s acquisition of the Droste parcel. The deadline for submissions was Saturday.

Many of the nominations for the ridge itself, which stretches nearly from Highway 82 to Snowmass Village, dividing the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys, acknowledged the stunning views from the property. Suggestions included Valley View Ridge, Vista Ridge and Two Town Ridge (one can see both Snowmass Village and Aspen from the vantage point of the ridge). Someone else suggested Central Park and one individual tossed up various potential names for the ridge, including Skyline and Elected Officials Get It Right Park.

Another suggested Will Power Trail, a nod to both the terrain and the efforts of Dale Will, Open Space and Trails director, in bringing the Droste family’s property into public hands. It was a $17 million purchase involving the county, Aspen, Snowmass Village, Aspen Valley Land Trust, private contributors and Great Outdoors Colorado.

Variations on Elk Park were also suggested for the ridge; the open space was acquired in part to protect elk habitat and a migration corridor. Others incorporated Snowmass’ new claim to fame – its Ice Age fossil finds – with names such as Mastodon Vista Trail and Mammoth Ridge.

Look Back Trail was suggested because trail users can’t resist the urge to check the views behind them, and also for the panorama of geologic history one can glimpse from the ridge.

Constellation Ridge was suggested in recognition of nighttime views.

Other ideas included Exclamation Point and Upper Valley Crest Trail.

For the combined open space parcels – about 2,500 acres in all – some people suggested the same sorts of names they came up with for the ridge. The Droste name was nominated for both the ridge and the greater mountain park.

Valley Bridge Mountain Park, Cozy Point Park, Cozy Mesa Park, Mountain Vistas Park, John Denver Park, Skyline Mountain Park and Shale Rock Ridge Park were also among the suggestions.

The committee, including representatives of Aspen, Pitkin County, Snowmass Village and the land trust, is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sister Cities room in the basement of Aspen City Hall.

Once a handful of names are chosen as finalists, the committee is expected to come up with a process for a public vote, including school participation, to select the winning names.

The Snowmass Trails Committee, tasked with coming up with a name for the new trail that connects the Lowline Trail on the edge of town to the ridge, has settled on Viewline Trail, according to Town Councilman John Wilkinson, a committee member.

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