Grand Lake Rec District officials should answer a few questions
April 25, 2008
To the Editor:
I have a few questions for both the present and future members of the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District board.
In the past there were many adult activities offered and I’m curious as to why there aren’t any now. I’ve heard through the grapevine that there isn’t any money to offer adult programs.
Fraser Valley Recreation may have a larger tax base than Grand Lake, but all their adult programs are self-sustaining. They charge enough to cover expenses and replenish supplies. Why can’t this be done in Grand Lake?
I’ve also heard the children’s theater program that was given to Rocky Mountain Repertory annually generated $30,000 for the District. If that’s the case why was it given to RMR? I realize it’s dangerous to believe what’s heard “through the grapevine” so I’m asking here to have it cleared up. As a taxpayer, I want to hear the real story. Since other people have heard the same rumor, it would be nice to see a response in the newspaper.
I know there’s a need for adult programs because I recently taught a jewelry class and took a cooking class in Grand Lake, neither of which were offered by GLMRD. The most often heard comment was, “This is wonderful, I wish I could take more classes like this.”
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There are many talented people in the area. If GLMRD offered them the opportunity to teach, there could be a thriving adult program. I’ve taught various art classes for Fraser Valley Recreation for about 10 years and would enjoy teaching closer to home.
I’ve been hesitant to get involved in this issue because there always seems to be so much conflict and in-fighting within the district, but with the upcoming election I’m curious as to what is going on with adult programming. I read the candidate interviews and most of them mentioned a need for more children programs, a position I fully support, but there was no mention of adult activities.
Like a lot of people in the district, I don’t golf, but I do realize it is a big part of the recreation district. However, I would like to see some balance between golf and other activities.
The people in the district deserve a better offering from GLMRD. My hope for the new board is that they follow their mission statement, avoid the petty, and work toward “win-win” solutions.