Letter to the Editor – June 6, 2013
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Reasons to vote for rec center tax
I will be voting “yes” for Rifle’s Recreation and Community Center. During my 35 years in this community, I have observed the ongoing effort to provide quality recreational opportunities by the city of Rifle and other groups, both private and by special districts. My participation as a coach at Rifle Middle School, president of the Metropolitan Park District (Art Dague Swimming Pool), two terms on the Rifle City Council and member of two past committees working to build a recreation center in Rifle has provided me with the experience and perspective to appreciate this opportunity for our community.
While an elected official, I was proud of Rifle’s many accomplishments. Whenever we met with other municipalities throughout Colorado, cities large and small were always impressed with Rifle’s innovation and “can do” attitude.
One does not have to look far to see the results of Rifle’s efforts. Projects such as Deerfield Park, the industrial park in south Rifle, Walmart, Centennial Park, the Brenden Theatre complex, Ute Theater project, collaboration with the Grand River Hospital District and Rifle Branch Library are a few of the achievements that have come to fruition because of vision and hard work. City councils, state representatives and governors who have visited Rifle have come to respect this small city as one with a big vision.
The Rifle Recreation and Community Center is another great project that would offer many features beyond a fitness facility. Imagine the potential for programming for swim meets, gymnastics, special events for our seniors, adult populations and, of course, our youth. Best of all, these events will be available year-round in one central location.
Please join me and support this recreation and community center by voting “yes” on Sept. 10 and continue to see what Rifle can do.
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