I would like to thank City Manager Ron LeBlanc, Police Chief David Felice and Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz for their outstanding response to the 33rd Street neighborhoods concern about misbehaving tubers along the Animas River during the summer of 2009.
During 2009, the neighborhood at 33rd Street and the stretch of river north of 33rd Street was overrun by tubers. A small minority of them were disrespectful of private property, spread litter, had too much to drink and were rude and obscene to other river users. This bad behavior made the river less family- and kid-friendly and downright awful for some of the residents of 33rd Street.
This summer, river rangers from the Durango Parks and Recreation Department stationed at the 33rd Street put-in and a police presence at the put-in and along the river made the river a safer and more enjoyable place for families and kids to come and enjoy one of the gems of Durango, the Animas River.
I spoke with Mayor Michael Rendon, and he said he had not received one complaint about tubers this summer. Great job, public officials. Your work is appreciated.
Casey D. Lynch, member, Animas River Task Force, Durango