Rec center is about more than pool or gym |

Rec center is about more than pool or gym

I have been reading the letters to the editor lately regarding the funding of the Rifle Recreation Center. To be honest I found some of them to be quite offensive.

For instance: “The problem I see is that we have too many foreigners in here that want to change Rifle to be like the place they came from.” Wow. I am not from Rifle, but I can definitely see room for improvement.

As a mother, business owner and citizen of Rifle, I have to say that I fully support a Recreation Center for the city. My support does include the necessary tax hike to make the center possible. Paying 74 cents on every $100 I spend does not seem like a large amount to me when looking at the big picture.

I have heard the comment that no responsible adult would vote for the tax increase to fund the recreation center. To this I say, I am a responsible adult, but I am also willing to take responsibility for building a better future for my children and the community as a whole by paying a few extra cents on my latte or a few extra dollars on my groceries.

I have heard people say that we do not need an indoor pool because we have a nice outdoor one. While that is true, the pool at the recreation center would be larger and open year-round … not just May through September.

I have also heard the argument that Rifle already has a gym. Yes it does. But currently there are more people wanting to use the gym than there is space. The workout space at the recreation center would be larger.

But in all reality, the proposed recreation center is about more than just an indoor pool or a gym. It is about a place where families and the community as a whole can spend time together and build a stronger community. Keep that in mind when September rolls around.

Amanda Hochstatter


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