Survey asks Steamboat residents to weigh in on concepts for Howelsen Hill |

Survey asks Steamboat residents to weigh in on concepts for Howelsen Hill

A rendering shows different concepts for improving Howelsen Hill.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Thousands of lucky Steamboat Springs residents and second homeowners will have the opportunity to help shape the future of Howelsen Hill and the city’s parks and trails system in the coming weeks by answering a survey that’s landing in their mailboxes.

The city this week mailed out 3,000 of the surveys, which ask residents to weigh in on specific conceptual plans for Howelsen that call for changes ranging from a new performing stage to the removal of softball fields to make way for a tubing hill.

Residents can also weigh in on potential funding mechanisms for park improvements.

The survey includes four concepts for Howelsen.

The first proposal is to upgrade the ski lifts, lodge and concession areas while leaving the rest of the park the same as it is now.

Concept B is to leave Howelsen as it is while adding improvements to the rodeo arenas.

A third concept would remove two of the softball fields to create a multi-purpose grass area for free play, festivals and concerts while also building a covered performance stage.

The city would plan to find a new home for the ballfields in another part of the city under this scenario.

The final concept would construct an outdoor basketball court, a tubing hill and an upgrade playground that would serve as a “community-scale adventure play area.”

This proposal would also require removing two ballfields.

City officials worked with a consultant to come up with the concepts after hosting open houses and receiving public comment.

The survey includes a section dedicated to gauging the pulse of the community about how they’d feel about new taxes to help pay for Howelsen improvements and other parks-related updates.

The options range from a property tax to a sales tax.

Residents who receive a survey have until April 20 to return them.

“Our consultants will then review the survey results and use those comments along with all the public comment we’ve received to date to come up with recommendations for the next 10 years,” Parks and Community Services Director John Overstreet said.

Residents who don’t find a survey in the mail can still weigh in. An online survey can be found at

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

Howelsen concepts by Scott Franz on Scribd

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