GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS • Mayor Jane Newberry and the city’s board of trustees recently tabled a $ 200,000 decision for a gym in a park on Ute Pass Avenue.
Reluctant to approve the funding opportunity, the board submitted the decision by September 7th. Concerned about possible liability and insurance, the board also agreed to contact the neighbors who live near the park.
The grant is a 20 year chance offered by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, which requires a $ 20,000 match from the city to install the concrete slab for the equipment.
The course is planned as an outdoor circuit training hall with a variety of exercises that can be performed in seven minutes. If approved, it will be installed in the city park near the tennis and basketball courts.
Many residents who spoke at the public hearing approved of the opportunity.
The residents’ comments were preceded by a video of the fitness court. “This video is ‘Wow!'” Said Nancy Dixon, who runs the city’s ambassador program. “Another way of training is great. How can we refuse? “
Sarah Harrington initially spoke out against the fitness court, but after hearing another public comment, said she was more open to the amenities.
Another local resident said the facility seemed out of place, while others said they thought the city’s abundance of walking trails was a suitable place to exercise. The court would be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, said Rebecca Ochkie, who supported the project.
The board also dealt with objections by some residents to a colorful abstract work by the renowned artist Keith Haring, which is supposed to adorn the back wall of the courtyard, as well as a five-year license agreement required by the city.
Lamar Matthews advocated it, highlighting the physical and mental benefits associated with exercise. Others mentioned convenience and the ability to improve balance.
In letters, some said they thought the $ 200,000 could be better spent on improving infrastructure, such as rebuilding roads, removing dead trees or dredging the lake.
In addition to funding the installation of the concrete slab, conditions for accepting the city’s 20-year grant include access to toilets in the park, availability of WiFi, and a plan submitted to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to manage ongoing upkeep and maintenance.
Jesse Stroope, who represents the fund and is a part-time citizen of the city and chairman of the Parks / Trails / Recreation Committee, agreed to attend the Board of Trustees meeting on September 7th to provide answers to the board’s questions.
In a city where controversy, anger and negativity have replaced courtesy at board meetings held on Zoom for the past 16 months, the mayor said his thanks that evening.
“I appreciate the people who are here to listen to each other respectfully,” said Newberry.
Dixon also commented during the meeting, which most of the residents who spoke attended in person at City Hall instead of on Zoom. “Speaking personally is stronger than letters or emails,” she said.