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Speak up July 8 about future of Riverton's parks

Jul 1, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

They ought to be better utilized and more vibrant than they are now.

What do a nurse, a pizza delivery guy, a bookkeeper,a student and others have in common? All were competing Monday evening at Undine Park in Laramie in a city-supervised volleyball league. Just north of the lighted, sand volleyball court, surrounded by nice benches, was a "splash pad" where moms and kids can push a button and play around the water which squirts out of the ground and from water cannons on hot summer days.

On the east side of Undine Park, kids were with their youth soccer coaches, playing on grass cut to an appropriate length that made it easy for the elementary-aged athletes to learn and play "the beautiful game."

The park was vibrant.

So was Laramie's Washington Park several blocks to the east. There, volleyball players were playing, basketball players were shooting, kids were everywhere, and walkers and joggers of all ages were making their way around the fitness trail that circles the park.

North Lake Park in Loveland, Colo., was filled Sunday with families swinging, climbing and spinning on the playground with well-maintained, but surprisingly simple, playground equipment and footballs and Frisbees were being tossed back and fourth.

The Loveland Lions Club staffs the Buckhorn Northern Railroad train that chugs its way around an oval track pulling cars of kids who were, all the while, smiling and waving to their parents and friends.

Riverton's parks should be that vibrant, too, and some are at times. But, by and large, Riverton's parks, especially City Park, are under-utilized and not up-to-date.

The City does not have a plan to improve its parks -- yet. And that is where you you come in.

Next Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., the parks and trails planning committee appointed by the mayor will have a public hearing at Riverton City Hall to listen to concerns citizens have with Riverton's parks and trails. The hearing is open to the public, and information collected from the hearing will be packaged into a city parks and trails master plan recommendation that the committee will forward to the city council at its first meeting in 2015.

So what do you think about Riverton's parks?

What can be improved? What can change?

What amenities should our parks have? Is it good enough that our parks are clean and green?

And, what about trails? Are they maintained to your liking?

This is an opportunity to be heard. You also can participate in an online survey at gofremontcounty.com/parks to provide your input on Riverton's parks and trails.

Speak up. Here is your chance to help make Riverton's parks and trails better.

Have a great sports week. Go Big Red!

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