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As a healthcare provider in Pagosa Springs for the last 6 years I have seen the need for a community based recreation center. All ages would benefit from having a safe and climate controlled place to walk, exercise, and recreate.
We now realize that many diseases can be prevented and treated with mild and moderate exercise. Walking is also a key recovery tool from many surgeries. Many Pagosa residents who are fighting chronic disease, working to maintain their health, or who are recovering from a surgery or stroke want a place to walk that is free of ice and snow. Snow here usually begins sometime in October and can go as late as April. People with low endurance and gait instabilities need a place to walk that is free of ice and snow.
The community center stays booked and has to turn down many requests for use. We need additional safe public space for children, youth, parents, and seniors to pursue their health and to build strength and confidence. Our community is strong and resilient, preventing illness by encouraging healthy lifestyles will save healthcare dollars in the future and leave us with a more vibrant community.
The 1% sales tax increase is a penny on the dollar, it would make our sales tax the same as Durango’s. The bond purchased with this increase is at an all time low rate, now is the time to wisely invest in our future and our health. The bond will cover the building expenses and operational costs for the next 20 years. Dollars are precious and this is a wise investment in our collective future on many different levels. This is also a way our tourist’s dollars can help to build a facility all will be welcome to use.
Vote “yes” to support the community based recreation center at the April election. In Cortez and in Durango this method of procurement has proven to be successful. The health and wellness of Pagosa is every bit as precious. Let a small tax increase provide a resource that makes exercise safer and more accessible for people of all ages and physical needs.