Access to Arkansas River in CO to be Cut with Budget Axe

posted March 16, 2004
by Jason Robertson

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PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TO PROTECT FUNDING FOR COLORADO' STATE PARKS: A sample letter is posted below, and is followed by a mailing list of the state Representatives.

 

Dear Honorable Representative,

 

I am writing on behalf of American Whitewater, a national 501.c.3 non-profit to ask for your help in protecting funding for the Colorado State Parks, and in returning funding to FY 2002 levels or higher. Under the proposed budget cut scenario being considered by the Joint Budget Committee, Colorado State Parks would be forced to close at least 10 parks 2-3 days a week, and completely close at least 10 additional parks.

 

Over the past two years, the State Parks operating budget funded by Colorado's General Fund was reduced by 30%. These previous reductions required State Parks to close management offices, lay off full-time and seasonal employees, and forced State Parks to increase user fees. Currently, State Parks receive only .0034% of the State General Fund. In essence, Colorado State Parks receives just over 50 cents in General Fund support per visitor per year. This is a very small amount to pay for a public program that serves 11 million visitors per year, and which is leveraged many times over by the visitors in Colorado's local communities.

 

Colorado State Parks have a huge economic impact on both the local and statewide levels, providing an estimated $200 million in economic expenditures within communities in a 50-mile radius of the parks. Visitors from all over the nation stay in your communities longer, as a result of being able to access Colorado Sate Parks including prime whitewater rivers like those located within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. Boaters travel from around the world to visit the Arkansas River's Brown's Canyon, Numbers Section, and other rivers throughout the state. These visitors spend millions of dollars annually, resulting in a boost to local businesses and in substantial support to the tourism industry around Colorado.

 

In addition to economic benefits, Colorado State Parks provide a safe, clean and affordable destination for us all. They promote a healthy quality of life through quality facilities, clean campgrounds, scenic landscapes, river access, and trails. They generate pride and bring about community involvement through service and volunteer projects. We cannot let these valuable resources fall by the wayside.

 

Please support this valuable program.

 

Sincerely,

Jason D. Robertson

National Policy Director

American Whitewater

 

MAILING & CONTACT LIST

 


 

The Hon. Dave Owen (Senate District 13)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-2586

Fax: 970-330-9600

Home:

2722 Buena Vista Dr.

Greeley, CO 80634

Phone: 970-330-9600

 

The Hon. Tom Plant (House District 13)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-2587

E-Mail: tom.plant.house@state.co.us

Home:

PO Box 148

Nederland, CO 80466

Phone: 303-642-3707

 

The Hon. Peggy Reeves (Senate District 14)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-4841

Fax: 303-866-4543

E-Mail: peggy.reeves.senate@state.co.us

Home:

1931 Sandalwood Lane

Fort Collins, CO 80526

Phone: 970-482-8952


The Hon. Ron Teck (Senate District 7)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-3077

Fax: 303-866-2012

E-Mail: ron.teck.senate@state.co.us

Home:

627 Broken Spoke Rd.

Grand Junction, CO 81504

Phone: 970-243-8947

 

The Hon. John Witwer (House District 25)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-2582

E-Mail: john.witwer.house@state.co.us

Home:

PO Box 2167

Evergreen, CO 80437

Phone: 303-674-0219

 

The Hon. Brad Young (House District 64)

Colorado State Capitol:

200 E. 14th Ave, 3rd Floor

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-866-2581

E-Mail: bradyoung64@centurytel.net

Home:

7 Lake Rd.

Lamar, CO 81052

Phone: 719-336-7967


Photo link: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/photos/?photoid=6629

Jason Robertson
635 Joseph Cir
Golden, CO 80403-2349