Letter: Basalt needs a river park
I’ve been a valley resident for most of my life, and though I live in Aspen, I have always loved Basalt and visit often. Though Basalt has a nice little park and I have attended events there, now there is an opportunity for Basalt to have an awesome park on the river. The Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers are such a part of Basalt’s identity, but there is no river park in Basalt. Think of the possibilities. I’ve been reading some great ideas in the letters to the editor. It seems like the overwhelming majority of locals desire to have a park to enjoy the green space and the sounds and sights of the river, with places to picnic, venues for music, theater in the park, sports events, weddings — so many possibilities. Depending upon what the people of Basalt want, there could be a little dog park. Some might like a skateboard park, maybe a beach along the river, a Saturday market, an art fair, a food fair — the possibilities go on and on, but only if condos and a hotel aren’t built there. We in the Roaring Fork Valley love nature, our rivers and our trees, and we love to get together with friends and family and enjoy these priceless amenities. What better place than a river park in Basalt? I don’t think that there is going to be another opportunity for a centrally located park in Basalt. Once that land is developed for condos and a hotel, the opportunity is gone. I hope that those of you who want Basalt to have a beautiful river park will make your voices heard. Sign a petition, go to the meetings, and talk to your neighbors. You can make it happen. I hope you do.
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