Friday, November 23, 2012

We're #6

WE'RE PICKED AGAIN! has just selected our Durango as one of their "20 Best Small Towns in America." We come in at #6. Here's the article: 6. Durango, CO All aboard for mountain fun, plus classical tunes and—gasp—vaudeville. It would be a bald-faced lie to say that Durango (pop. 16,900) isn’t devoted above all to outdoor recreation, from mountain biking and black-diamond downhill skiing to Iron-man triathlons, white-water kayaking and rock climbing. But between adventures in the surrounding San Juan Mountains, people celebrate life Western-style in the old railroad and mining town’s lamppost-lined historic district, among art installations along the Animas River greenway, and at the nearby Music in the Mountains festival come July (heavy on the classical offerings, but a bit of pop, too), the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall, and the Henry Strater Theatre, a.k.a. the “Hank,” a showcase for vintage melodrama and vaudeville. Best of all, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, opened in 1882 and now a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, still carries passengers 45 miles into the heart of the high San Juans, pulled by a coal-fired, steam-driven locomotive, with the occasional bluegrass band or cowboy poet onboard for entertainment. -- SS Read more:

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Here's Why Durango's Cool

The National Recreational and Parks Association has presented the Durango Parks and Recreation Department with their Gold Medal for cities under 25,000 in population.

Durango was recognized for conservation, development of amenities such as the Animas River Trail, its sustainability and community envolvement.

As a result of 2 designated sales taxes approved by voters in 1999 and 2005, the citgy has developed the river trail, the Durango Community Recreation Center and has preserved 2,639 acres of open space, including 1,128 acres acres acquired since 2005.

Solar panels installed at the Recreation Center have saved 60 metric tons of years emissions. The rec center also uses energy efficent light bulbs to reduce is annual natural gas and electricity consumption by 16 percent. Now that's conservation at work.

The city has collaborated with community groups such as Trails 2000 and the Durango Winter Sports Association to develop more than 100 miles of natural surface trails and to improve skiing conditions at Chapman Hill.

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