Benefits of Fraser Valley recreation center are numerous |

Benefits of Fraser Valley recreation center are numerous

To the Editor:

We are writing in support of the ballot initiative to fund a local recreation center in the Fraser/Winter Park area.

The benefits of a recreation center to our full-time community are numerous and the primary reason for our support of this initiative. Providing a place where community children, families and adults can come to swim, work out, rock climb, learn a new language, learn how to draw or simply to run around could be immeasurable to the overall health and continued growth of our area.

Our community is based on the outdoors and the activities the surrounding mountains provide for hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, biking, etc. A community center will not replace these activities ” the mountains will forever define our area.

A community center can only support this by creating a place where we can go when weather conditions do not allow for outdoor activity or gathering. It creates a central location for continuing education classes for adults … and most importantly, it gives a central location for our neighborhood children to play and express themselves in a controlled environment.

Our secondary reason for support of a recreation center in the Winter Park/ Fraser Valley area is to give it the best opportunity to become revenue-generating in the years to come.

There has been talk of placing the recreation center in the Granby area or in a location more centrally located in respects to the entire county. While this may make sense from a community standpoint, this does not give it a good opportunity to become revenue-generating.

At the end of the day, providing an area where visiting families can play, swim, etc. is just as important to the overall success because of the financial support visiting families can provide. As restaurant owners, we are asked daily what indoor activities our community provides at night during the winter months for families.

Placing the Recreation Center in the Fraser Valley area gives our entire community the best opportunity for revenue to be created from outside sources, thus reducing our financial burden. It just makes sense to place it in the Winter Park/Fraser Valley area.

Lastly, we hope that every citizen looks over the initial plans for the recreation center ( so that an educated opinion can be made. We are confident that after looking over the initial drawings and limited financial burden this center actually proposes, you will agree that the overwhelming positives outweigh any potential negatives.

Law Thyne

Dino Kaplanis

Owners, Carvers Restaurant

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