Gym shortage

Dear Editor:

My family and many of our friends are excited about the possibility of having a public recreation center in Pagosa. As an active family that is an avid user of all recreational facilities available to us not only in town but all over the 4 corners we see the need for more indoor recreational space in Pagosa. We have a chronic shortage of gym space. Many of the current park and rec programs are at maximum capacity with some being canceled due to lack of gym space. A community recreation center will provide that much needed space for both athletic and non-athletic programs for kids and adults.

One of our daughters has been on the PLPOA swim team for more than two years now. We have traveled as a family to many swim meets in Colorado and New Mexico spending our money out of town. There are currently no Middle or High school swim teams in our town. This is a concern for our family and a factor in our decision where to live in the years to come. The new rec. center will have a six-lane regulation size lap pool so we can have school teams and swim meets in our town.

Some people are opposed to the 1% sales tax increase. I don’t look at this as another “tax”. I call it supporting my community to make it a better place to live and raise my family, making Pagosa go forward instead of backwards. Isn’t that what every community wants? The 1% sales tax increase isn’t going to change my life so drastically to make a difference except it will give me more opportunities for my money.

We have an opportunity to build something that will benefit many people for many years to come. It is a great investment in health for our community.

I say vote yes on April 8th, 2014.

Elitsa Bartz

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.