Ann Gassman: Dillon parking situation untenable
April 21, 2009
I would like to briefly comment on the proposed road construction project that will be taking place on Tenderfoot and Gold Run in Dillon, scheduled to start April 27. This project will eliminate more than 25 percent of the available parking for residents and guests at Yacht Club Condominiums. Since these condominiums were approved by the town prior to there being any guidelines regarding off-street parking, owners and guests at Yacht Club have always utilized street parking from the beginning. Rather than seriously look at viable alternatives, the town has given us token communication and continued down the path which, if implemented, will degrade the value of our property and deny us the use of our property.
Anyone who has had to walk down from the approved overnight town lot, particularly at night, has the best appreciation of how that “solution” is not a viable alternative. Whether one walks on the road, down a steep hill, with no sidewalks or adequate lighting, or down the existing recreation path, where there is no lighting, you can see how trying to do this with small children or groceries or if you have a handicap or even by oneself ” it is not a real solution. Add seasonal conditions, i.e. snow, and the process is even more dangerous. By eliminating 20-25 parking spaces at a minimum, you now will have 20-25 people trying to make that walk. Where is the “safety” in that?
We are not against the concept of improving the roadway or the recreation path. We, the owners, taxpayers, and residents/guests of Yacht Club are totally against the present implementation of those improvements.