Carter’s focus now on parks and recreation
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE ” Until his retirement three years ago, Steve Carter was a well-known Garfield County judge. But his most recent efforts have been focused on serving on the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the successful passage of a 1-cent sales tax increase.
Carter was one of the leaders in September 2005 in the effort to pass the 1-cent sales tax, which now provides funding for the city’s parks and recreation programs. He also serves on the parks and recreation board established two years ago, which serves as a recommending body to the Rifle City Council.
“I think good parks and recreation are a reflection of a good community,” Carter said. “We basically advise council on where the money should be spent and on what programs.”
The board meets twice a month for about two hours.
“Local government works best when those who are interested are involved,” Carter said. “Local, city or county government requires participation.”
Since the 1-cent sales tax passed, it has generated about $2 million in revenue, which has gone to build three playgrounds in Davidson, Heinze and Deerfield parks; the completion of Action (Skate) Park; picnic shelters in Davidson Park; signage for the parks; and various upgrades at the Art Dague Municipal Pool.
“Right now we’re working on baseball and softball fields at Deerfield Park,” said Aleks Briedis, the city’s recreation director.
The department is also making plans to finish Centennial Park and the trail system.
“I think the parks look a lot better now and the recreation program looks a lot better,” Carter said. “I feel better.”
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