Group advocates for rec center |

Group advocates for rec center

Dana Strongin

A group of residents is holding a meeting next week to inform others about the possibility of a recreation center in Steamboat Springs.

The group, Citizens for a Community Recreation Center, hopes more people will be interested in joining.

During the meeting Tuesday, the group will hand out fact sheets about the possibility of a recreation center.

The group also will encourage people to attend upcoming Steamboat Springs City Council meetings focusing on two types of centers in the city, said Judy Zetzman, a member of the group.

“What we’re trying to do is make the community aware that issues are coming up in the City Council on May 9 and May 16,” Zetzman said.

On May 9, the council will address the community center. The council has promised users of the Steamboat Springs Community Center that a new center would be built before the current center is torn down for expansion of the Bud Werner Memorial Library. The group is promoting community center sites that allow room for the addition of a recreation center.

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The council is treating the community center as a separate facility from the possible recreation center. On May 16, council members will hear a report about a recreation center; they also will comment about the Health and Recreation Association’s plans to build an indoor pool.

The residents group plans to explore potential sites and address possible funding sources for a recreation center.

An important aspect of the issue is whether residents get a chance to share their opinions, said JoEllen Heydon, a member of the residents group.

“Our big thing is to make sure this at least gets on the ballot in November,” Heydon said. “We want to make sure people are given the opportunity to choose whether this is something they want to get in the community or not.”

The people who want that voice, Heydon said, may want to join the group.

“This meeting is hopefully going to bring about the formation of a strong group of community members,” Heydon said. “A lot of people have contacted us so far and are very interested.”

Zetzman also wants to see a packed meeting.

“We want to invite everyone who’s interested in trying to help get this going,” she said.

What: Meeting for people interested in a community recreation center

When: 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Baby-sitting will be provided.

Where: Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway

For information: Call JoEllen Heydon at 879-6499 or Judy Zetzman at 846-1261