Why not Crown Mountain Park? | AspenTimes.com

Why not Crown Mountain Park?

Dear Editor:

I went to the meeting about the proposed recreation center at Crown Mountain Park seeking information. Here are some of the things I learned:

1. Advocates for a recreation center at Crown Mountain are simply trying to get a vote on the November election ballot to implement a bond issue and build the facility. The center cannot be built without a majority of the midvalley community behind it.

2. There had to be community support behind the idea to get it to this point, and in 2007, when the idea for the midvalley recreation center was proposed on the ballot, it passed by a majority vote agreeing to move forward to create a feasibility study. In 2010, community surveys showed support for the rec center with about 62 percent of the voters approving the idea to move forward to the planning stages, and a similar proportion indicated they would vote “yes” and approve the mill levy, which is where we are now.

3. Estimated cost to me, with a house value of approximately $600,000, will be $30 per month in taxes (capital construction cost of $3.32 per month per $100,000 house value) plus mills for some of the operations and maintenance $1.66 per month per $100,000 house value) plus “in-district” family membership (two adults and two kids) dues of $72 per month. Less for individual memberships. There is even free membership for seniors ages 70 and over who live within the district boundary, which is a rarity in rec centers.

4. The mill levy will expire automatically in 20 years. That’s important because this is a capital expense and you make a community investment now that will last many years beyond 20.

5. The center will offer a few amenities that other area rec centers do not have. Namely, a gymnastics-zero gravity (skier training) facility with foam pits and trampolines, a senior center with health and fitness classes geared specifically to active seniors (currently, there are no permanent senior citizen facilities on the Roaring Fork Valley side of Eagle County), and a weight-cardio gym and fitness rooms. (The Aspen Recreation Center has cardio but limited weights). Plus, a lease space for a wellness group – think physical therapy or physiotherapy, the goal being to offer healthy daily activities for kids, families and seniors in our community.

At this point if you are a midvalley resident, please just get informed about the facts for the potential for a recreation center at http://www.crownmtn.org/rec-center/. They have a Facebook page and rec center website at http://www.midvalleyreccenter.com, as well.

A centrally located, affordable community rec center might not be a bad idea. At the very least, the majority, not a few albeit loud opponents should make the decision.

Michelle Bryan


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