Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group |

Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group

— Routt County residents will soon be invited to apply for a seat on a new working group that will study alternative sources of funding for the region’s parks and recreation amenities.

The working group will include a Steamboat Springs City Council member, a Routt County commissioner, two Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commissioners and community members.

The makeup of the group is still being finalized, but the Parks and Recreation Commission has expressed a desire to have representation from outside Steamboat, in places like Oak Creek, Hayden and Clark.

One of the funding sources the working group is expected to explore is a parks and recreation district that could potentially expand beyond the boundaries of Steamboat.

The group will also look into other funding sources, such as dedicated taxes and endowment funds, among other things.

The Parks and Recreation Commission proposed the working group because it believes parks and rec amenities are not being adequately funded and improved by the city’s general fund.

Routt County commissioners recently pressed the commission to identify items upon which additional funding would be spent and to provide data showing how much the city’s recreation facilities are used by county residents.

The City Council will consider the proposed structure and application process for the working group on April 28.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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