Kudos and Kindness
August 20, 2013
My compliments to the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter for their "Spay it Forward" program ("Spay it forward targets reservation dogs," Aug. 10, The Aspen Times). Our community is very fortunate to have an animal shelter that not only looks out for the interest of our loyal dog companions but one that also is proactive in programs that benefit the welfare of dogs throughout our state and country.
The Aspen Animal Shelter and its board have, over several years, strived to expand their services and programs to care for the welfare of the pets of this community and to rescue dogs and cats from other shelters with no hope of survival.
We should appreciate the great deal of time, effort and sacrifice that this board makes to develop and implement all of its wonderful programs.
Thank you, Anne Gurchick, Seth Sachson and The Friends of The Aspen Animal Shelter for all you do. We are very proud to have such services and programs that originate from an organization in our community.
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I am writing to let everyone know what a great citizen Alan Van Winkle, of Aspen Day Trippers, is. We return to Aspen every year in large part because of Alan and Aspen Day Trippers. When we are returning to the Roaring Fork Valley, we always ask our children what they are looking forward to most, and the answer always is Alan Van Winkle and Aspen Day Trippers.
Alan has taught my kids life lessons far beyond outdoor fun and games. Aspen is lucky to have a person like Alan and a business like Aspen Day Trippers.
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The valley's first and only BMX race track, in Crown Mountain Park, is now open for public use. This undertaking, headed up by Roaring Fork Valley BMX enthusiasts, was more than a year in the making. Crown BMX Park was planned, funded and constructed entirely from local sponsorships and donations and the extreme dedication and time commitment from a few "dirt dawgs" to make this a reality. The race track was built by a USA BMX track builder, consists of approximately 1,200 feet of racetrack, a fully operational starting gate, many tabletops, turns, jumps and rhythm sections — it is quite a spectacle. The park held its first two races over the past few weeks, consisting of strider-bike to adult races, with a huge turnout greeting the track operators.
A huge thank-you goes to the passionate guys from Roaring Fork BMX: Heath Johnson, Paul Viola and John Blatz (Clearwater Construction); without your drive, knowledge and extreme hard work, this park could not have been a reality so soon. The many hours of time you volunteered and donations and sponsorships you brought in are priceless. We cannot thank you guys enough for everything.
Thank you, Aspen Dirtbike School, for all of your efforts and assistance, especially with track operations and the BMX camps. To Travis Hughes and Hughes Excavating, who donated extreme quantities of great dirt, screened the dirt to an amazing quality for track building and donated many different types of equipment for our use — this park definitely would not have been constructed without you and your employees.
To all the sponsors, we could not have done this without you all. Thank you to Rudd Construction, Aspen Excavating and Gould Construction for all of the dirt you deliverered in the fall of 2012. Thank you to Casey Concrete for donating the concrete for the starting hill and Custom Concrete for the project. To our many sponsors: the Lewis Family, Kissane Viola Design, Aspen Anesthesia, Blue Tent Marketing, Aspen Orthopedic Associates, Greg Mozian and Associates, David Moray, Tuttle Surveying, ZGtec, Skico, Alchemy Audio Video and Wagner Rents — this was a true community effort and a true community success story. Thank you again.
Looking ahead, there still are many sponsorship opportunities to complete the BMX-park area. A pump track and enduro course are penciled in for construction this fall. Check out http://www.crownbmx.com for all information, including race information, schools and sponsorship opportunities. Any other questions, please call the Crown Mountain Park Office at 970-963-6030.
If you haven't had a chance to check out what can be achieved within a community when all come together, the track is in the west section of Crown Mountain Park. It is a public racetrack, free for all ages to use at any time outside of race times. Remember to bring your bike and helmet and be ready for a fast ride.
Cheers and happy riding …
Executive director, Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District
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