Newcomers And EPURA
To The Editor:
Quite a number of us have been full-time residents for less than 10 years. I first came to Estes Park in 1954 and fell in love with this valley, bought my first piece of property in 1978 and moved here to live full-time in 1996 after a stint in the military (my wife and youngest sons living here since 1979). I volunteered at the then small Salud Community Health Center. I’ve watched our town-and Salud-grow steadily since then. My wife and I are members of The Village Band and the visual arts community. Our first introduction to EPURA was in late 2001 when I volunteered to work on the establishment of an outdoor performance center. My wife and I performed at the official opening of Performance Park, playing Sousa with The Village Band.
Without EPURA, Performance Park would still be a dream as would The River Walk, The Estes Park Conference Center, The Estes Park Visitors’ Center, Tregent Park, Bond Park improvements, the Stanley Hotel entrance, Elkhorn streetscapes, municipal parking lots, Wiest Plaza, the Knoll open space, Confluence Park, the Stanley Park Stadium (currently under construction) and all of the pedestrian/bicycle trails in the Estes Park area.
To all of us newcomers, DO NOT LET EPURA DISAPPEAR! It is a vital tool that greatly helps our town grow in beauty and improves our quality of life! There is much more to do. Let us join all of the “long-time residents” and vote NO on the January initiative to end EPURA. NO to greatly delaying town progress. NO to the special interest groups who wish to deny our volunteers and their hours of hard work to make EPURA successful. Vote NO so that EPURA can continue to work for residents of and visitors to Estes Park!
George D. Crislip, MD
Friends of EPURA