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Hooray for spraypark

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

For all politicians around here talk about helping local families, the county commission has done something that may actually make Saturday afternoons more enjoyable for parents and kids.

The spraypark that will be built in Edwards’ Freedom Park is one good answer to the valid complaint that there’s not a lot to do with younger kids in Eagle County.

The playground there is already top-notch and the water fountains that kids will be able to run through are one more amenity that makes the valley attractive for families with young kids ” especially a valley that doesn’t have a beach or a lake.

The spraypark is one more reason to stay in the valley for young families, many of whom struggle constantly with the idea that life could be richer culturally and a lot cheaper, and therefore easier, somewhere else.

Credit for the spraypark starts with former commissioner Tom Stone, who brought the idea to the commission. While other politicians talk about standing up for the middle class and lament the disappearance of the young family, Stone ” also the force behind the Miller Ranch affordable housing project ” has again actually done something concrete.

Elected officials in the county and its towns ” Vail and Avon, in particular ” should find inspiration in that Stone, in the cases of Miller Ranch and the spraypark, put action over the pro-family rhetoric that’s becoming pretty tired around here.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board


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