Letter: Don’t sell off Basalt’s Lions Park
Don’t sell off Basalt’s Lions Park
When reading The Aspen Times article “Basalt candidates share downtown vision,” I was very disappointed to hear Bernie Grauer’s idea of selling Lions Park so it can be developed into residences or a hotel. He stated his reason as, “The sale would put the town in control of its own future, instead of having to accept massive building on the riverfront.”
Selling the park would result in just the opposite. Whoever buys Lions Park would be able to build anything they’d like on it, and that open green space would never return. The town of Basalt already owns the area along the riverfront and has been working on plans for a green space next to the river. The flood mitigation work being done now is just part of the town’s plan already in the works.
The area where the Pan and Fork trailers are located is privately owned and would be ideal for a developer to build a hotel. The Rocky Mountain Institute has already obtained the property next to the pond, and the proximity of a hotel close by would not only help house the institute’s participants, but also be situated in an area where a large building would not detract from Basalt’s old-town character.
Lions Park is a fantastic area for Sunday markets, evening concerts, picnics, festivals, and winter ice-skating, just to mention a few events. It has potential to be much more. The last thing Basalt should do is sell a beautiful park right in the middle of town.
I don’t know Mr. Grauer, and I’m sure he wants the best for Basalt. But before you vote for any of the council candidates, please think about voting for those who support your vision for Basalt. Selling Lions Park to the highest bidder is not my idea of keeping Basalt in control of its future.
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