Letter: A useful amenity
Dear City Council members and community leaders,
As a lifetime local resident and neighbor to Cozy Point Ranch, I feel that what happens at the city’s Cozy Point property is of fundamental importance for our community. It is truly the gateway to Aspen and Snowmass, and it deserves our attention and respect. I look forward to seeing a new master plan that includes an improved equestrian operation, well-maintained and preserved open space, a protected riparian zone along Brush Creek and an enhanced sustainable farm and farming-education facility. Cozy Point can become the community gateway that we are all proud of.
In particular, I support what Aspen TREE has been doing at Cozy Point. Aspen TREE’s FarmPark and future plans demonstrate an effective way to keep youth and young adults here in a truly productive capacity, learning sustainable agriculture.
When Aspen TREE moved to Cozy Point six years ago, I was skeptical that it could attain its ambitious goals. I have been watching it develop over the years and have to say I am impressed! The FarmPark is a wonderful place, and if you have not visited recently, I highly recommend it. My children visit often, and I appreciate how the space caters to public leisure for kids and adults, provides a diverse learning experience and demonstrates that healthy food production in quantity is viable in the upper valley. Its plans for expansion are modest, reasonable and important. The young people who dream and toil there under the direction of Eden Vardy deserve our community’s full support. Aspen TREE’s hearts are in the right place. All one has to do is attend its annual free community Thanksgiving dinner and observe how the community appreciates it.
As a Brush Creek resident, I can say that Aspen TREE’s FarmPark is a useful and positive public amenity that I am happy to see in my neighborhood. A well-planned and modest expansion of its operation should be no burden and could be a valuable asset for its immediate neighbors.
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