Congressman Polis to visit Breckenridge outdoor center, host town hall |

Congressman Polis to visit Breckenridge outdoor center, host town hall

Jared Polis
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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will visit Breckenridge on Wednesday, Aug. 5, starting with a tour of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

From 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., BOEC staff will show him the role the outdoors can play in rehabilitation and physical therapy and will talk with him about the importance of preserving outdoor spaces for future generations.

He recently introduced a public land conservation bill — the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act — that would designate about 58,000 acres of wilderness and other special management areas in Summit and Eagle counties.

The bill was crafted with input from dozens of local stakeholder groups, including representatives from the ski and outdoor recreation industry, environmental groups, water districts and municipalities. In May, he hosted the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee to see the proposed areas.

Then Polis will host a public town hall meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Grand Vacation Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library, at 103 S. Harris St. Residents are invited to ask questions and share thoughts, ideas and feedback.

There, he may talk about some of his work in Washington, D.C., on the economy and education, said Kristin Lynch, his communications director, including the importance of start-ups and the future of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Last week, Polis introduced two bills aimed to help students afford college, and Lynch said higher education will be his No. 1 priority after the August recess.

Polis will travel from Breckenridge to Vail later on Wednesday to host a town hall from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the town’s library at 292 W. Meadow Dr.

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