Snowmass wants input on recreation master plan
The Aspen Times
Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan
Survey closes Feb. 24
Comment online at www.tosv.com/POSTR
Have you ever wished for a recreational basketball league in Snowmass? A steam room? More amenities on town-owned land?
The Snowmass Village Parks, Recreation and Trails Department is asking all of these questions and more in an effort to create a master plan for the facilities and programs it oversees. The goal is for that document to guide future development of the parks-and-recreation system, including decisions about acquiring new open space parcels, building new facilities or offering new activities.
The public-comment stage of the planning process has generated a lot of feedback, as well as created an opportunity to educate residents about programs the department is already offering, said Parks, Recreation and Trails Director Andy Worline. Once the department learns what the community’s priorities are, it can put them into the master plan and also start considering how to implement them.
“Is there something we’re not thinking of? A need that’s being met elsewhere that would be great to have in our neighborhood?” Worline said. “That’s what we’re looking for.”
The department has a survey posted on its website that is live until Wednesday. It also went to schools that serve Snowmass Village students and asked young people what activities they participate in and where they do them.
The town also has been offering open houses, including one at the Snowmass Recreation Center on Wednesday, that had maps of the existing parks-and-recreation system on display as well as boards asking residents what currently existing facilities and programs they use and what potential new additions they would like to see most.
One of the town’s challenges is that it has facilities — a full recreation center with three saltwater swimming pools, tennis courts, a skate park, trails and parks — but doesn’t currently run that many programs. Worline said his team wants to add programming, but they need to know what activities people are looking for and will participate in.
Ideas proposed included a sauna or steam room, an indoor action-sports facility and additional exercise and/or classroom space, but residents also could write down their own ideas on the boards.
Town Manager Clint Kinney said the town regularly hears from certain special-interest groups in the village, but it’s hoping to hear from a broader group of residents through this process. After the survey closes, parks-and-recreation staff will gather the feedback and begin drafting the plan, which it will present publicly to the Town Council for adoption in early summer.
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