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Letter: Recreation center builds a stronger Rifle

Rifle rec center provides opportunities for everyone

I am writing to show support for the Rifle Recreation and Community Center, in response to Jake Mall’s recent letter.

Mr. and Mrs. Mall, I agree that our area abounds with amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. I do not claim otherwise, and it appears a statement was taken out of context.



What Jake and Becky’s letter fails to mention is that Rifle does not have a year-round, indoor recreation facility — a place where we can swim, hang out with friends or pick up a basketball on a cold, February day. A place where Rifle residents can go whether they are 1 or 110 years old, to get out of the house and into our community. (Somehow I doubt that all Rifle citizens, especially youngsters and seniors, feel they have all the recreation opportunities they need. Not everyone is able to participate in activities like dirt-biking or hunting.)

The city has demonstrated excellent financial management through implementation of the penny tax: updates to Deerfield Park, construction of Centennial Park, amenities like a new TV, shuffleboard, and generator at the senior center, a senior bus, and more.



Now let’s focus on indoor recreation opportunities, like an Olympic-size lap pool, basketball/volleyball courts that will draw hundreds, even thousands, for tournaments. Also a leisure pool, a dance facility for private entities like ArtillumA Dance Company, a gymnasium, providing gymnastics for our already existing private company, Synergy, a climbing wall, racquetball courts, an indoor walking track, community rooms and more … for our entire community.

Mr. and Mrs. Mall argue that we already have a pool, but their letter did not mention the current facility operates for just two and a half months per year at a whopping $184,000 yearly deficit. It is not large enough for a swim meet and is always too full to accommodate the number of people wanting to swim in the summer.

It’s time that Rifle Residents stopped driving to far-flung places like Glenwood, Parachute, Fruita, Craig, Meeker and Gypsum to enjoy indoor recreation facilities.

Let’s keep our families, our money, and our community pride right here in Rifle.

Shelley Aibner

Rifle


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