Guest Column: ERBM Update

MEEKER | As the warm weather season begins to wind down and the ERBM Fall Line-Up makes its way into mailboxes, you will notice progress on many special projects throughout the Rec District, including: ongoing work on the China Wall Trail System expansion, skate park development at Paintbrush Park, park and trail system wide signage improvements and restroom renovation at 6th Street Park. What you may not immediately notice are the wide-ranging partnerships that make many of these projects and programs possible.

One of the priorities identified in ERBM’s Strategic Plan is “Collaborative Community Leadership.” Over the past several years we have been humbled and privileged to work alongside exceptional local partners in accomplishing this mission of collectively making Meeker a more vibrant community. ERBM is proud to give and receive support through many ongoing collaborative efforts, including: Meeker Arts and Culture Council—cash sponsorship and programming partnership; Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials event sponsorship; Range Call—annual sponsorship, programming and logistical support; Mountain Valley Bank Fall Festival –community wide non-profit support; Colorado River Valley Little League—scholarships toward Meeker youth participation; Rio Blanco Golf Association—operational subsidy, programming support; Meeker School District—extensive reciprocal services: facility usage, support groups, sports clinics, safety trainings; Meeker Chamber of Commerce—downtown beautification program, event support; RBC Sportsmen’s Club—Hunter Safety range donations, event support; BLM White River Field Office—trails projects, hikes, race coordination, shared maintenance; Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Office—Hunter Education, fishing events, Circle Park Pond project; Town of Meeker—operational lease of town parks, collaboration on improvement projects; Rio Blanco County—equipment sharing, facility usage; Rio Blanco Historic Society, Library District and Lion’s Club—programming partnership. Please forgive us if we missed highlighting any others.
ERBM is also pleased to report that beyond these robust partnership efforts, the Rec District regularly invests back into our local economy through direct local spending whenever possible. Within the last few years more than $1-million dollars has gone directly to our great business community right here in Meeker, including: general contractors, electricians, excavators, hardware stores, newspaper, restaurants and grocery store, auto parts stores and dealership, and countless other specialty contractors and vendors. Additionally, ERBM is pleased to offer significantly reduced rates at the Meeker Recreation Center to many of our local non-profit and private businesses. For more information on our corporate membership programs please stop by Meeker Recreation Center Guest Services; and if you’d like to read more on any of these partnerships or have any questions related to ERBM’s budget, governance, or planning please pick up a copy of our agency’s comprehensive annual report available online at ERBMrec.com, stop by the executive director’s office at MRC, or drop in on a board meeting. We welcome your feedback, comments and partnership in making Eastern Rio Blanco County a great place for residents, visitors and future generations!

Sean VonRoenn
By Sean VonRoenn
ERBM Executive Director