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Recreational Opportunities Needed In Estes Park

To The Editor:

We are very excited about the proposed Community Center here in Estes Park. We have small children and we are excited about the recreational opportunities during the winter months for all ages, as well as the improved childcare options for the Estes Valley. A new Community Center will greatly enhance the quality of life for the whole community by providing a central gathering place, increase tourist interest, and provide a fun, safe place for kids and adults to play and grow all year.

We are small business owners in the lodging business and believe that tourists from the front range and elsewhere often desire a recreational facility where they can come and enjoy Estes Park during the off-season. Many other Colorado destinations (such as Evergreen, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs) already capture these tourist dollars because they have water recreational facilities available for year-round use. When we go on vacation, that’s what we look for.

The new recreational facilities and improvements will benefit all age groups. Everyone benefits. The amount of increased property tax is very reasonable (at less than $100 per year for a property valued at $300,000 per www.evccr.org) compared with the value all community members will receive. For us, this is a bargain compared with the cost of fuel and effort to drive to neighboring towns such as Longmont and Fort Collins to find recreational options. Let’s keep it local!

Timothy and Pamela Wallace

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