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Snowmass trail talks: Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation board openings

Starr Jamison
Town of Snowmass Parks, Recreation and Trails Department

Editor’s note: The Snowmass Sun and the town of Snowmass Parks, Recreation and Trails Department have partnered to launch “Trail Talks,” a biweekly series that will explore trail issues, etiquette and rules for shared trail use in the village.

If you are reading this article, I assume you have an interest in Snowmass Village Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails. We strive to provide the highest level of services and safest facilities, but you may be curious how we make decisions to improve, expand and develop our department’s amenities.

The Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation plan is a long-range planning and implementation document to guide the future development of the parks, open space, recreation and trails within the town.

This process started in fall of 2015 with stakeholder outreach, public open house meetings, community survey and workshops. We wanted a well-rounded voice to help steer us in the right direction for future development of your Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation. After a year of input and plan completion, the Snowmass Town Council approved this plan in October 2016.

What did we gain from the plan?

Analysis of resources

Current trends and desires

Opportunities that may improve service levels and the ability of the town to recapture the costs of providing outstanding facilities and programs to its residents

Goals, recommendations and guidelines that articulate the community’s priorities and can guide decision-makers to invest in projects that meet the community’s vision for parks, open space, trails and recreation in Snowmass Village

What is next for the plan and how do we move forward? Keep the momentum going as a community-driven initiative.

The town recently permitted the creation of a Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation advisory board. Thank you to the six residents who applied as board members. We held our first meeting July 13 and are excited to have this well-versed group help us continue to build our department and community from a variety of perspectives.

If you are interested and passionate about our local resources, recreational activities and community facilities, there are still openings on the board. Check at our website to learn more about the plan and apply at

If you have questions, call our department at 970-922-2240.

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