COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
Fireworks display over Aspen commences Saturday evening

Casa Tua Aspen will be producing a fireworks display for a private event on Saturday evening over Aspen Mountain in celebration of the end the ski season.

The display will go off between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Visitor use and spending in Fryingpan Valley to be studied

Surveying for the “Fryingpan Valley Economic Study” is underway and will continue into 2015.

Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) is conducting this study to understand visitor use and spending related to recreational activities on the lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir. Understanding the river’s economic importance to the local economy will aid in the overall view of the importance of keeping the river healthy, according to a press release from RFC. 

Funding for the study has been obtained by RFC to partner with Colorado State University (CSU) and Colorado Mountain College (CMC). The town of Basalt, Eagle County, Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation and numerous private donors have contributed funding. Additionally, the Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams Board made a recommendation to county commissioners to fund the study.

This new study will echo the work done more than a decade ago by RFC. Based on the previous study, the Fryingpan Valley’s recreation activities contributed an estimated $1.8 million annually in total economic output to Basalt’s economy. Current numbers are expected to be greater, according RFC.

Aspen Bike Park open house meeting on Tuesday, April 1

The public is invited to an open house to explore the idea and feasibility of a bike park in Aspen on Tuesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Meeting Room.  Participants will learn goals for the project, see examples of bike park features, meet the city’s consultants and can offer suggestions and opinions on a potential project. For more information contact the parks department at 920-5120.