SSHRA Board: Health and Rec serves need |

SSHRA Board: Health and Rec serves need

The Board of Directors of the Steamboat Health and Recreation Association would like to respond to your editorial comments in the paper on Aug. 13, 2006, when you said, “The reason the plan is so thin on amenities is that the council has repeatedly instructed recreation center advocates to work with SSHRA to develop a plan that would not undermine the association’s facility downtown.”

The issue is less one of undermining than duplication: SSHRA has been working with the city since 1999 to come up with the best plan for the community that would not spend taxpayers’ dollars duplicating what is already available at our nonprofit public facility – water and fitness.

We have been working with city staff and recreational community leaders to develop complimentary facilities that meet the real needs not addressed at SSHRA, and to do so as a responsible partner. We believe we have been serving the recreational needs of the Yampa Valley for more than 100 years, at no taxpayer expense, and doing it with excellence. It would be wasteful to spend public funds duplicating this service.

Bud Romberg, Karen Connell, Donna Mae Hoots, Mike Holloran, Stuart Handloff, Jill Leary, George Tolles, Linda Cantway, Jeff Troeger

Board of Directors, Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association

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