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Cottonwood Park still a good site for a new Silverthorne school

I encourage parents and other interested Silverthorne residents to attend today’s 6 p.m. Silverthorne Town Council meeting, when the elected officials will decide whether or not to transfer the Cottonwood Park land to the Summit School District so that a new elementary school can be built there.

My first choice for an ideal location for a new school would be the Silver Mountain Village site. However, the issues dealing with that site remain unresolved and do not appear to have a resolution anytime in the near future. 

With that option out of the picture, I believe that the Cottonwood Park site is the best for this school.

I am amazed at the concern for safety at having a school at Cottonwood Park, when the town had plans to build a park at this location. In my opinion, a school – with a traffic light OK’d by the Colorado Department of Transportation – and with supervision and crossing guards, proves to be a much safer environment than an unsupervised park.

Currently, the few children who walk to school not only have to cross Highway 9, but they also have to cross a busy Adams Street with no stop signs, no crossing guards and ever-increasing traffic. Some even have to walk along the highway without access to a sidewalk.

Many say they want a “neighborhood” school. We live in a long, narrow town. What is “neighborhood” to some is on the other side of town to others. As a Willowbrook resident, I would view Cottonwood Park as more in the “neighborhood” for us than the existing school site.

Additionally, the school grounds combined with the park will prove to be a beautiful enhancement to this community, offering our children and their families a wonderful recreation area.

The school district has met the demands of the town and the area residents concerning safety issues. It has been working hard for years (not weeks as some have implied) to find a site suitable for a new elementary school.

I support the school board’s request to build at the Cottonwood Site and hope that other parents who are looking forward to their children going to a new school in fall 2004 will come to the Silverthorne Town Council meeting to encourage council members to approve this land transfer.

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