AI Couture: Blue River recpath a gift for many |

AI Couture: Blue River recpath a gift for many

It is regrettable for Summit County to learn that a dozen property owners adjacent to Segment 5 of the Blue River Trail located within the town limits of Silverthorne have chosen to bring legal action in order to prevent completion of the recreational use path. The path already connects several Summit County communities: Vail Pass, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Frisco and Silverthorne. It includes the Town of Dillon, which had the foresight to construct a recreational path despite the legal objections that the Yacht Club Condominiums chose to pursue.

The recreational path is an important and vital tourist attraction to Summit Country and serves to benefit both the community and the local economy. The need for it has been recognized by Great Outdoors Colorado, which has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the completion of a comprehensive recreational path in Summit County.

The merit of such a path is multi-fold in that it addresses the recreational interests of varied users. As an earlier letter to the Summit Daily News pointed out, it will serve many groups: moms with strollers, joggers, walkers, hikers, the elderly, little tots with training wheels and perhaps an occasional young folk on his skateboard. All of them will enjoy the privilege of enjoying the beautiful panorama along the Blue.

The interest of the general public needs to be considered vis a vis the preferences of a few. A complete and comprehensive recreational path would be enjoyed not only by local residents but also by vacationers who come to Summit County to enjoy Colorado’s High Country. Our visitors provide an economic boost to Silverthorne’s economy! An extension of the recreational path will bring pleasure to many, not simply the few!

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