Dec 17 2018I want to share a podcast that I recently collaborated on with American Rivers, a Colorado-based non-profit dedicated to protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature. It was a fun project, highlighting the importance of investing in natural resource-based community assets that improve our quality of life, enhance our enjoyment of the outdoors, and bring tourist dollars to our local economy.
Dec 19 2016
Q & A with Cathy Metz
Cathy Metz has served the City of Durango as Parks and Recreation Director for 20 years. The Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Under her leadership, the Parks and Recreation Department has earned many accolades, including the National Gold…
Dec 19 2016
Organic Park Management in Durango, Plus a Q&A with Cathy Metz, Parks and Recreation Director
Last week on “Your Front Seat,” guest contributor Cody Reinheimer wrote a blog post on Durango’s efforts with organic park management and the Organic Parks Durango organization. This week, I’ll begin with a summary and brief history of the topic. Then,…
Dec 09 2016
Guest Opinion: Cody Reinheimer on Parks are for People and Pets, Not Poison
Cody Reinheimer of Durango, CO
A public park is exactly that—a place where the public can park themselves in the grass and relax, or play with their children and pets, enjoying outside time in a safe and clean environment. We are lucky to…
Aug 22 2016
Backed by support from the Parks and Recreation and the Natural Lands Advisory Boards, the Durango City Council prohibited electronic bikes on city trails as of May 2016. Safety was cited as the primary reason for the ban.
As indicated by our community’s passionate response to the ban, allowing electronic bikes (also called e-bikes or pedal-assist)…
Aug 21 2016
There’s no question that Durango residents want public access for recreation on Lake Nighthorse. It is, however, a complicated and contentious issue with many stakeholders involved. After decades of negotiation, progress remains slow. However, ongoing dialogue and developments give residents reason to hope.
The City of Durango has been working with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation…
Aug 19 2016
It has been my privilege to serve on the City of Durango Parks and Recreation Advisory Board since January 2014. Members of the Board collectively provide recommendations to City Council on matters relating to the development, maintenance and improvements of parks, hard-surface trails, community forest and community facilities used for recreation. Beyond focusing on resources…