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City names six to parks, trails plan committee

Jan 17, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The City of Riverton has named six new members to the Parks and Trails Master Plan Committee, which will serve as a planning group for the parks and trails in the city.

Those chosen in December to serve on the community are Tara Thomas Carr, George Wright, Craig Blumenshine, Matt Wright, Mike Martin and Kyle Nicholoff. The members will forward to the council any updates, ideas or recommendations to improve the parks and Rails to Trails that cross the city.

City staff suggested an additional member be selected to avoid ties when there­s a vote. City administrator Steven Weaver said committee members may have their first meeting before the end of January and a council member may be appointed as the liaison to the committee in mid-February after all council seats are filled.

Committee timeline

Riverton resident Lee Crook -- with support of the Central Wyoming Skateboarding Association -- pushed an initiative to improve City Park and called it Revitalize Riverton. With additional support from Blumenshine and talks with city staff in September, the council agreed to advertise for the positions in October.

It was agreed that the formal committee would plan to raise funds, research improvement plans, coordinate work, gather ideas and oversee construction plans for all Riverton parks and trails. By November, six applicants submitted their letters of interest and the mayor submitted his choices before the end of 2013.

The council approved the appointments, and no discussion was held during the regular council meeting Dec. 17.

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