Rodeo officials not keen on new location for Granby Medical Center
August 15, 2008
One neighbor to the future Granby medical campus is less than satisfied with the project’s proposed new location.
Representing the Flying Heels Arena Association, Lorene Linke told Granby board members Tuesday that a future medical campus next door might be incompatible with the rodeo arena.
The acreage where the medical campus would be located is commonly utilized for guest horses, such as the Westernaires, she said, and rodeos are known to make dust and noise.
The Flying Heels Arena has played host to rodeo activity since 1969, when it became the 4-H Arena on land leased from the Bureau of Land Management through the Colorado State University Extension Office in Kremmling. About 10 years ago, the name was changed to Flying Heels, and the rodeo tradition has been carried to the present.
In addition to rodeos, the arena hosts a roping club from Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend, as well as 4-H activities, cutting, and concerts throughout the summer.
Linke wondered if restrictions would someday be put on rodeo activities because of the medical campus.
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About seven years ago, the association proposed to build an indoor event center at the outdoor arena’s existing location, then a study paid for by the association and the county showed the cost infeasible. But the study only reflected an expensive “fancy” option for the project, Linke said, rather than constructing the building in stages or opting for a smaller one.
The project and grant funds to build it are still being pursued, said Linke, president of the events center committee, with donations still coming in. A medical campus might crowd the association’s plans for an event center, she said.
The rodeo, “brings lots of tourists in,” Linke said, “and services a lot of youth, and I do think it keeps the Western culture and the Western heritage alive.”
Meanwhile, the proposed Granby medical campus, owned by the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, is seeking patent approval through Grand County from the Bureau of Land Management.
If the BLM approves, the 9.8 acres parcel, zoned forestry and open, would then need to undergo a zoning change with the county, where public input at both the planning commission and board of commissioners levels would be accepted.