Conversation with … Peter Butrymovich
Sky-Hi Daily News
Granby’s first-ever parks superintendent jumped into Granby’s beautification projects last year with the same zeal he had for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the organization for which he worked 19 years.
Granby’s Zero Street civic center is shaping up, with finishing touches taking place to the town hall landscape and Little League ball field next door.
This Monday in the town park, Peter Butrymovich took some time out of his day to help us learn more about one individual who works to make Granby a little more interesting ” one blade at a time.
Q. Where are you from?
Q. What did you do before becoming Granby’s parks superintendent?
A. I worked for the ski area, most of the time with the NSCD (National Sports Center for the Disabled). I was a teacher, then went into coaching racing the last four to five years. I also worked for slope maintenance, grooming, making snow and cutting trees in the summer. For NSCD, I was a development coach to develop athletes to get better so their aspirations were to be on the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. A lot of the athletes who ended up on the team, I worked with at one point or another. The majority of the time was spent getting people to the point that their abilities were good enough to race. I loved it.
But mostly, I worked on the rec. side, teaching physically and mentally disabled skiers.
One special trip I took was to Russia to help work with disabled orphans in the Republic of Georgia. Beth Fox went with me.
Q. What did you learn from that experience?
A. How fortunate we are and how much we take for granted. It was like the stuff you read about, like UNICEF. It was all that and worse. Terrible living conditions. They lived in an old hospital that was vacated and turned into an orphanage.
Q. Why did you leave NSCD?
A. Financial security. I was offered a position in Park City to be their disabled ski school director, but it just doesn’t pay. With a family, I have to make choices. It was time to move on.
Q. Do you miss it?
A. I miss it.
Q. Tell me about your family.
A. I’m married and have a daughter, Olivia. She’s 9 years old. I couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Everything I like to do, she likes to do. When I taught racing, she’d be in daycare and I’d take her out when we were done training. She was 3, and now she’s an incredible skier ” snowboarding and skiing. But gymnastics is her love, for sure.
My wife is Mary Leone. She’s my best friend and biggest supporter of me, without a doubt. She’s a therapist for Alpine Physical Therapy. My family is everything. They mean the world to me. This is what I do, but they are who I am.
Q. Do you like Granby?
A. Yes, I love it. The location, it’s a lot warmer here than in Fraser and Winter Park. And, I like to fly fish. And the schools ” my daughter walks to school. She’ll be able to do that all the way to high school. This fall, I coached volleyball, the C-Team and the Freshmen. It was a learning experience for me. Chris Newberry (varsity coach) and Amy Greis (JV team) were wonderful to work for.
Q. What do you like about your job?
A. It’s diverse. I’m doing many different things. I get to work creatively. I helped design the landscape for the town hall, then got to see it implemented with help. The Streets Department helped me a lot.
Q. How long did that project take?
A. The majority of the summer. Peg Stephen from High Valley Landscaping helped design the plan and picked plants. It’s tough to grow things here. I needed help and I didn’t mind taking advice from whomever. I’m also helping with the ball fields , and the dirt work is being done by the street department. Joel Moore, he’s very good at what he does. He makes it look easy to get it all level. And Jan Finley ” he works with the street department hauling dirt in the dump truck.
Q. What do you do in the winter?
A. I plow in the winter. I guess I love being outside and since I live in town. I like to see the parks look good. I’m a citizen and an employee, and whatever I do, I take pride in my work.
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