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Letter: Rec center means less gas, more fitness

There have been letters saying take a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus to one of the other recreation centers in the valley.

Would you put your elementary kids on RFTA to send them either up to Aspen or to Glenwood Springs to recreate? I doubt that!

If my family of four went to the Aspen Recreation Center from Blue Lake and rode RFTA, it would take us 1.5 hours and two buses to get there. The cost for the four of us for round-trip transportation and entrance into the ARC is $100.80; this does not include anything extra. At those prices, who could afford a full pass?

If we drove, it would be 20 miles each way. For those of you who work up in Aspen, would you really want more people out on that highway? That just is not a convenient place to go and work out during the day, everyday throughout the week.

Traveling the opposite way, if my family of four went to the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center, we would ride at least one bus. The cost for RFTA and entrance into the Glenwood Springs Rec Center would be $76.00; this does not include anything extra. If we drove, it would be 20 miles each way. Once again, wasting fossil fuels and adding impact to an already busy highway.

When the Mid Valley Recreation Center is built, it will cost $26 for two children and two adult for a day. Let me add that we will save even more money by having a family pass.

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Why would anyone want to waste gallons of gas by driving 40 miles round-trip to and from a rec center? A Mid Valley Recreation Center will allow a community to gather and use more often and not waste countless hours on Highway 82. The midvalley is a true community.

There is nothing in the midvalley that allows anyone to recreate, unless you belong to a private gym or club. Paying a minimum of $20 a day to enter one of the health facilities in Basalt does not make financial since, especially since I cannot take my kids. That also does not allow me to work out and then swim. And do not forget those signs that say "no kids."

The Mid Valley Recreation Center will be a great place for the kids of the midvalley to go to after school. It would allow the Basalt schools finally to have a swim team or gymnastics teams, instead of once again, going to Aspen or Glenwood Springs.

Yes, we do live in a beautiful valley, but the Crown Mountain recreation center is not the Taj Mahal and anything but generic. I urge you to come have a closer look at the conceptual plans. It will be a beautiful center for our valley to meet, workout, enjoy, have parties, have tournaments and gather as a community for many years to come.

I urge you to vote "yes" on 4C and 4D.

Kellie Smith

Carbondale

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