Letters: Protect Gore Creek
Vail CO, Colorado
I certainly hope that the entire business community, starting with Vail Resorts, will throw one heck of a party for Dick before he leaves. I suggest that anyone who wishes to attend be required to pay $25 per person, which the business community would match and that 100 percent of these funds be donated to the charity of Dick’s choice in his honor.
Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Dick’s foresight and energy, none of us would be living the life we have today.
We’ve been coming to Vail every year since 1972 and now live here five months of the year.
Protect Gore Creek
As someone who has an active interest in the Vail Community and the Vail 20/20 long-term planning activity I am sending you this e-mail to perhaps raise your awareness of Gore Creek and solicit your support in making sure that the role of Gore Creek is included in the Vail 20/20 plan.
In our view ” Gore Creek, a designated Gold Medal trout stream ” is a unique Vail community asset that can never be replaced if it is urbanized or otherwise ruined as a watershed and fishery.
The creek meanders through East Vail, the Village, Lionshead, and West Vail offering a welcome and memorable contrast to the hustle and bustle of a growing Vail resort community, it offers wonderful fly fishing, as well as opportunities for hiking and picnicking along its banks.
We believe Gore Creek is a unifying and unique natural resource that ties the various Vail communities together, and as such Gore Creek should not be overlooked in the Vail 20/20 plan, and it must be kept clean, accessible, and protected from urbanization and encroachment by individuals.
In my opinion, Gore Creek and its environs is part and parcel of a wonderful Vail ambiance, adds significantly to the Vail experience and deserves to be protected and featured in the 20/20 plan.
Gore Creek can’t ever be replaced and it is a memorable part of Vail that all visitors remark upon. They love it!
For example, in West Vail, starting east from the Kinnickinnick Street western bridge, Gore Creek continues east pretty much ” not totally ” open and undeveloped all the way past Donovan Park and then east of Cascade Village.
We are not certain, but believe this may be the longest remaining open stretch of Gore Creek within the Town of Vail that has plenty of access for trout fishing, picnicking, strolling, and just plain relaxing.
If you agree with our assessment on the need to value and protect Gore Creek as a Vail asset, we would appreciate your mentioning the role of Gore Creek and its importance to Vail at the upcoming Vail 20/20 August meeting. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend personally as I have a previous business venture commitment in California, but I have contacted Rachel at the Town of Vail and expressed our interests in this regard.
Thanks again. For your consideration of Gore Creek and your interest in Vail generally and in Vail 20/20.