Janet Day: Fraser Rec Center angst now available on T-shirts
August 25, 2008
Word Play. While disputes over a recreation center name and development signs continue at the governmental and legal levels, some entrepreneurial local residents have brought it down to a personal level, putting their feelings on their chests and a little humor on their backs.Black T-shirts appearing around the Fraser Valley declare, on the front:GRAND PARK WRECK CENTERWreck the Meadow, Wreck the CommunityWreck Incomes, Wreck FriendshipsWreck the Wetlands, Wreck Local BusinessesWreck the Fraser ValleyThe shirt backs state:GRAND PARK WRECK CENTERIt aint over til the kids are peeing in the pool!How did it come to this? Small-town politics always operate with an element of the absurd, but the arrogance, insensitivity and stupid behavior displayed in this dispute, the depth of emotion and the level of rage are astounding. Long-time residents say theyve never seen this much hostility, not even decades ago when the town of Hideaway Park changed its name to Winter Park.Meanwhile, a less public but no less emotional dispute is taking place over plans for the clear-cut Byers Peak Ranch hillside adjacent to the Fraser Tubing Hill. Residents of Ice Box Estates to the north are hoping to pare back plans for the proposed Adventure Park. The county commission today is to hold a hearing on the application for an outdoor recreation special use permit that would include a snow-scoot track and rentals, lights and a music broadcast system.According to a letter sent to the county by a group of residents, the snow-scoot park raises concerns of noise from the snowmobile-like scoots as well as the music, light pollution, air pollution and traffic congestion until and after the planned 10 p.m. closing time. This is not a business area where such late activity is expected; the neighbors are primarily residents who value, and have a right to, peace, quiet and natural night lighting after the dinner hour, according to the residents letter.Through the Eyes of a Child. Dozens of photographers beautifully captured the essence of Grand County in Middle Park Land Trusts Purely Grand Photo Contest this year, but one snapshot rose above them all in getting the judges and publics attention. Lexie Dill, an 10-year-old from Granby, took top honors in the kids division and won rave reviews all around for her photo of a few pastel-colored pajamas and shirts hanging on a clothesline next to an old cabin. Theres a little movement in the laundry from a light breeze and dapples of sunshine bounce off the sleeves. All of the photos featured things we see every day in this area mountain peaks, flowers, streams or wildlife but it took a child to notice beauty in the mundane chore of hanging laundry on a sunny day.Snow Sales. As if that unpleasant snow a couple weeks ago wasnt enough of a reminder that winters not far away, Labor Day weekend brings all of the usual big pre-season ski and board sales. Theres Sniagrab, Ski Rex and other imitators in the Denver area, and a few of our own up here. Gimmicky as the sales may be, they do offer great prices on new gear.Ski Depot Sports is holding its Blizzard Ski & Snowboard Sale Friday through Monday at its Park Place Plaza store in Winter Park. Prices are reduced up to 70 percent. I dont need anything other than maybe some socks, but who can resist prices like that? As another incentive to get you to the store, Ski Depot will have drawings throughout the weekend with prizes that include a pair of skis and a Winter Park Resort season pass.Keep in Touch: Whats got your attention around the area? Let me know. Ill try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.