Share Your Vision For Estes Park’s Future
Online survey now available at estes.org
The Town of Estes Park is seeking community participation in public forums April 17 and 24. Facilitated by professionals from the Larimer County Facilitation Team and the Town of Estes Park, the sessions will allow community members to share their visions for the future of Estes Park. There are two opportunities to participate in visioning forums. The first is Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St. The second is Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Estes Park Conference Center at Rocky Mountain Park Inn, 101 South St. Vrain Ave. Individuals who are unable to attend a forum are invited to take a short online visioning survey. The survey is available as a link at www.estes.org through May 1.
Residents, visitors, and business and property owners are encouraged to attend either forum to provide input. Forums are appropriate for ages 13 and up. No reservations are required. Invitation-only forums will also be held to draw feedback from Estes Valley students, local business organizations, the Hispanic community, and major employers.
Town Administrator Frank Lancaster noted, “We want to hear from everyone, representing all the threads that make up the fabric of this place we all love so much. You’re the artists, and together we want to paint the Estes Valley canvas for the next 20 to 50 years.” Lancaster explained the forums will be an exercise for the community to imagine the best-case scenario for Estes Park’s future – to imagine how the community looks and feels in the future.” The forums will not have a set agenda, instead using a “world café” model. Small groups will be formed to draw upon each individual’s thoughts and creativity. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts on broad topics including Estes Park’s economy and employment, recreation and culture, housing, the environment and transportation. Common visions and concerns will be discerned through group prioritization.
The goal of the forums is to gather citizens’ visions supporting Estes Park’s unique character 20 years from now. Lancaster explained, “The information will be used by the Town Board and staff to evaluate the needs of the community, compare these needs to the present situation, and then set goals with a plan to achieve them.” Results of previous surveys and visioning processes will also be considered. Lancaster continued, “Together we should decide what is most important to us — our best efforts in the future will come out of this common vision.”
The Larimer County Facilitation Team is providing facilitation services at no charge for the Estes Park community. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park at 970-577-3700.