Steve Beckley from the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and I had coffee last week to discuss our little world here in Glenwood Springs. If you know Steve or have experienced the fun he provides on the hill, you will understand the visionary we thankfully have in our community.
Talking to Steve reminded me of a quote by the late Robert Kennedy: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. ... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
As you may have recently read, Steve will be bringing in some major attractions to provide great winter fun including a tubing experience as large as the one at Adventure Ridge in Vail. The difference is that this tubing hill is on a “magic carpet,” which makes it a year-round experience. You will also see a major holiday lights display rivaling that of downtown Denver.
Will Steve benefit from his investment? Of course. But Steve is in it for an even bigger reason — he envisions bringing more visitors to Glenwood Springs. This will help increase our wintertime hotel occupancy rate. These additional visitors will also spend more money at restaurants and shops in the area, helping our overall economy and creating more jobs.
Getting to know people like Steve Beckley energizes me personally. We share a common vision for improving the economy and lifestyle for those who live in our region.
On a related community improvement subject, the Noon Rotary Club in Glenwood Springs is embarking on our major fundraiser, the Rotary Restaurant Rewards, and I have tickets available here at the Post Independent. Prizes include bundles of restaurant gift certificates. Tickets are $10 apiece or you can purchase 10 tickets for $50.
More than 40 restaurants donated gift certificates, and you will soon see advertisements listing the donors in the Post Independent. If you are one of the winners, you will be dining out nicely while helping some great local nonprofit organizations including Feed My Sheep, YouthZone, Columbine Home Health, Restorative Justice, Literacy Outreach, Advocate Safehouse and the Salvation Army.
Peter (PJ) Jaycox, my fellow Rotarian and the man heading up this project, left me 100 tickets to sell. Come by, say hello, and buy some tickets — I know where to get more if I run out.
I’d like to meet you all and will be happy to take your cash or personal check to help support these great causes.