Letter: A riverfront park for all to enjoy
October 19, 2013
A riverfront park for all to enjoy
Imagine a riverfront park for Basalt! For the first time since the 1950s, the town's riverfront connection will be accessible for all: adults and children, all ethnic groups, sportsmen and the disabled — and also for visitors from our neighboring towns and from distant locations.
Where else in the valley, or in any other town you can think of, can people get so close to not one, but the junction of two pristine rivers? Reflect on the natural asset that has eluded us (while running right by us) for all these years. Not because of bad intentions, but by circumstances set in play at a different crossroads in Basalt's history. We have reached another crossroads and the opportunity for us all (present and future) to enjoy our great resource awaits us.
The riverfront is not yet "ready for prime time." A good deal of the land is in the floodplain. Short-term fixes (a berm, rocks, concrete blocks and disintegrating sand-filled bags) are visible from the narrow path that now runs along the river. Much earth moving and revegetation are needed before the river flow becomes a river view.
A town meeting was held Monday night. Many speakers expressed their visions (some grandiose, others more modest) for continued town revitalization. Further visioning is needed, but it is beside the point until river improvements are made.
Whether these improvements proceed quickly or more slowly depends on Basalt voter support of ballot Issue 2B. If passed, it would allow the town to finance $5 million in bonds. The money to repay the bonds does not get added to your mill levy, but from tax revenues (think Whole Foods and City Market) that are collected and put into the town's Open Space fund. Basalt residents must approve this use of town revenue in order for the town to issue the bonds.
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Please vote "yes" on 2B.