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Golay hopes Glenwood can slide downhill

Picture a gathering of kids and parents sledding down a hill on a moonlit night with a warm bonfire and hot chocolate waiting for them at the bottom.

That’s one idea Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Commission member Jeanne Golay envisioned for an area near the Red Mountain trail that bears the Olympic bicyclist’s name.

“The people on the Parks and Rec Commission think I’m the idea girl,” she said.



Golay said she figures since the hill is already used as a sledding area by many local kids, why not make a fun event out of it on some wintry full moon night?

“My long-term vision of this is possibly making it a full-time sledding trail, possibly with a rope tow,” she said.



Much of the area, which has trails and a road that brings bikers and hikers past the city’s water treatment plant and up the mountain, is owned by the city of Glenwood Springs. But Glenwood Springs officials have some concerns about holding sledding events in that area.

“We’re looking into whether we can make it happen,” Glenwood Springs parks and recreation director Dan Rodgerson said.

Several problems would have to be solved before a family sledding party could happen, Rodgerson said. They include logistics, parking, safety and liability issues.

“We’re talking with our legal department,” he said.

Another consideration is the effect such an event would have on nearby residents.

“To have special events, we have to be courteous,” Rodgerson said.

Golay said she knows of these concerns, but she’d like to find some way of resolving these roadblocks.

“Parking is probably the biggest problem,” she said. “But the Community Center is just around the corner. . It’s about a 10- or 15-minute walk from the Community Center.”

If a moonlight sledding party doesn’t happen this winter, Golay said she and others in the area might try to make the trail safer and smoother so the moonlight sledding festivities have a better chance of happening next year.

“I kind of proposed it as a grassroots, family kind of thing,” she said.

Rodgerson said in addition to looking at creating a sledding area near the water treatment plant, he was asked by City Manager Mike Copp to look into holding a similar type of event at the Community Center.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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