Think outside the links |

Think outside the links

Jeanne Golay

Dear Editor,

Along with the high cost, questionable funding scheme and higher-priority city needs, there are other issues of concern about the golf course proposal.

The proposed irrigation source is half our allotment from Ruedi Reservoir, water that is specifically earmarked as our emergency supply, to be used only if our current domestic supply is threatened, as nearly happened last year when the Coal Seam Fire approached the headwaters of No Name and Grizzly creeks. Planning for such copious water consumption is socially irresponsible.

A stated goal of the project is bringing large conventions to town, but how will they get here? If we commit to this goal, be prepared to subsidize air service into Eagle, as Vail Associates does with several million dollars a year.

Project success depends on Glenwood Meadows’ completion of an adjacent convention center/ hotel, which we have no control over.

Build instead a driving range and separate sledding hill with snowmaking, lifts and lights, plus $1.5 million to complete the pool, an amenity the community has already voted and fund-raised for.

Though a $10 ticket pales in comparison to a $75 greens fee, a sled hill would cost substantially less, require a fraction of the water, and result in 0 percent of the fertilizer and pesticide runoff into the Colorado River, compared to a golf course. It already has bus service, transportation your average golfer is unlikely to utilize.

If building recreational amenities is truly the goal, create something unique that fits Glenwood Springs. Take the tram. It sets us apart from other cookie-cutter destinations. Perhaps an alpine slide, or botanical gardens?

Think outside the links.

Jeanne Golay

Glenwood Springs

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