Letters to the Editor, April 16-19, 2016 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, April 16-19, 2016


Treasure would transform Park City for the worse


The Park City Treasure Mountain development, as proposed, would destroy the historic feel of Park City which is one of the single biggest reasons why it is so coveted by Old Town homeowners like myself and visitors alike! The resulting traffic and visual distortion of the town would be tragic. I hope the Commission can derail this proposal and try to team up with Vail Associates on a solution.

Jack Snyder

Park City

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Thanks for preserving our mountain mining legacy


Thanks to all who have been involved in preserving our mountain mining history.

-To Sally Elliott for her unending resolve over many years to save our historic mining industrial buildings/icons.

-To Rory Murphy for his support, as a community leader and previous involvement in our mining past.

-To Sandra Morrison and Park City Historical Society and all their members’ involvement.

-To Vail for helping fund this endeavor.

-To Bruce Erickson for helping coordinate efforts with the City and all entities involved.

-and to all the Board Members of Ski Mountain Mining History: Ron Butkovich, Robbie Beck, Kristin K. Williams and Marianne Cone.

I’m so proud of everyone, including those behind the scenes (you know who you are who were perhaps not mentioned here, but are so appreciated.

Thanks for preserving something of such great importance that helps makes our town, ski resorts and our community so very special.

Donna VanBuren

Long-time Resident of Park City

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Young athletes dream big, achieve even bigger


Last weekend, I travelled to Copper Mountain with 35 athletes competing for Team Park City United (TPCU) in the USASA Freeskiing Nationals. These athletes made it to this level of competition through hard work, attentive coaching, access to world-class venues, and scholarship funding provided by the Youth Sports Alliance (YSA).

Nearly 20 percent of our athletes received need-based funding totaling more than $16,000 from YSA to help with training expenses, equipment and travel costs. Two years ago, YSA established the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment with the goal of raising $2 million dollars. The endowment will provide steady funding for local athletes competing for TPCU and eight other local competitive sports teams. Consistent funding will better allow coaches and athletes to plan for the season’s training and competitions.

The 2015/16 season was a banner year for TPCU Freeskiers; 52 skiers qualified for USASA Freeskiing Nationals earning a dozen medals; 41 athletes qualified for the USSA Freestyle/Freeskiing Junior Championships, producing 34 medals; and Development athletes earned countless honors at local and regional competitions.

Freeskiing, like all winter sports, comes with a hefty price tag. Athletes competing for TPCU and YSA’s other teams dream big while learning important life lessons through sports. Because of YSA’s scholarship funding, many local kids are given the chance to participate, and often excel in sports that they love.

I want to thank YSA for partnering with TPCU and Park City’s other winter sports teams. Thank you for helping to provide the chance for every child to dare to dream regardless of their parents’ income.

Chris ‘Hatch’ Haslock, Director of Competitive Freeskiing and Skiing Development

Team Park City United

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