Richer given ‘Spirit of Hospitality Award’
The Park City Chamber/Bureau presented the 2010 Myles Rademan Spirit of Hospitality award to "open space guy" Bob Richer.
Richer, a former Summit County commissioner, has served as a champion for preserving open space and preserving the natural beauty of the entry corridors to Park City. He has also been active in numerous community-service roles since moving to Park City 30 years ago.
Chamber/Bureau president and CEO Bill Malone said at the group’s annual meeting Thursday at Newpark Resort that the award was originally created in 2003 to honor members of the community who contributed to the positive working relationship between the business community and local governments. It was named after the first recipient, Myles Rademan.
Richer is a unique recipient in that his long career includes numerous accomplishments as both a business leader and an elected official.
"His fingerprints are on many of Park City’s most beloved amenities," Rademan said presenting the award. He played a role in the acquisitions of the McPollin Farm and land near Bear Hollow and Quinn’s Junction.
Richer moved to Park City in 1980 because he thought it would be a fun place to live for a few months, he said in an interview Wednesday.
He went into real estate and had a successful career as both an agent and a developer.
Like many Parkites, Richer said he fell in love with the uniqueness of the place, and quickly became interested in preserving that uniqueness.
"There was a feeling we were a gem I felt it needed to be protected. That which we all loved about it needed to be incorporated into the growth of the area," he said.
Some of the most significant accomplishments of his career in public service included major land acquisitions and the 2004 Snyderville Basin land management code to preserve open space, Rademan said.
During his two terms as a commissioner he helped form the Basin Open Space Advisory committee and oversaw the purchase of almost 700 acres at Kimball Junction and Round Valley for preservation along with many more parcels.
Richer said he’s proud of more than being the "open space guy." He worked to facilitate the construction of a water pipeline, oversaw significant renovations of S.R. 224, helped create a comprehensive 25-year transportation and transit plan for the county and laid the groundwork for voters to decide on whether to change the form of government which they elected to do.
Richer said all this work was done in the midst of tremendous pressure from developers and legal challenges.
"The natural beauty is what brought us here. There was room to develop and grow, but also to protect," he said Wednesday. "People don’t want to visit areas that look like ‘Anywhere USA.’ They want to go where it’s unique and special."
Richer also helped purchase land from the Osguthorpes and Petersons during his time as a Park City Council member.
In addition to his public service, Richer also served as president of the Park City Board of Realtors, the board for the Egyptian Theater, the Park City Rotary and the Park City Library Board (during which he facilitated the move to the library’s current location).
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