Proposed Cottonwood Park school site raises concerns about safety, wind |

Proposed Cottonwood Park school site raises concerns about safety, wind

I am writing about the proposed elementary school at Cottonwood Park in Silverthorne. I have very serious concerns about an elementary school being built in that particular location.

I believe the most serious problem is a safety issue. I cannot imagine a location surrounded by a four-lane highway, a sewer plant, a pond and a river is an ideal location for young children to attend school.

Also, having lived in this area for 26 years, I can assure you there are times when visibility between the Elks Club and partway down Hamilton Creek Road is zero. The wind seems to start in Kremmling and does not stop until it hits the Dillon Dam. Our gas grill was blown off our deck one time.

If the Silverthorne Elementary School had been there when my children were in grade school, I never would have allowed them to walk or ride their bikes, even though South Forty subdivision is the closest to the proposed area.

The road into South Forty has two blind curves that people like to take on either side or somewhere in the middle.

On a personal basis, I do not want to see the school there because of another traffic light, the increased traffic and disruption of traffic and accessibility to Hamilton Creek Road during school events.

I can live with these inconveniences, but I have grave concerns regarding access for emergency vehicles to South Forty, Hamilton Creek and Sage Creek subdivisions. I really find it hard to believe there is not more time and consideration being paid to the safety issues with a school being built in Cottonwood Park.

I know Silverthorne needs a new school, but should our children’s well-being be placed in jeopardy so a quick solution can be reached? It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Maybe it is time for our village, Silverthorne, to step up and take a good hard look at what is really best for our kids.

Thank you for your time and careful consideration in this matter.

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