Alta considers community celebration, seeks hires for summer

Friday, March 13, 2020

Alta is in need of a good party.

City officials discussed the lack of a community wide event during the most recent city council meeting.

Mayor Kevin Walsh suggested, “As a community we should do something at least once a year.”

Alta had “a good thing going” with a National Night Out event that several years ago grew into a larger celebration with 700-900 people attending. That kind of production comes with expense and a need for numerous volunteers, it was noted.

However, the event filled a void left after the Altitude Days events of the 1980s and 1990s had faded away.

It was suggested that a Night Out event could be rekindled on a simpler basis, such as a community picnic with inflatable playgrounds, perhaps taking the form of an Alta Betterment Day or other identity.

City officials were asked to give the possibility more thought. If there is an interest in the community, discussion will continue.

The city of Alta is looking to hire lifeguards for the summer to staff the pool. Hires will be made as soon as possible to allow for training and certification. Contact city hall for information.

At the city council meeting last week, a park board representative said that they have applicants for pool management, but that the board was still seeming summer call and concessions managers.

The park board and schools PTO are meeting together this week to continue work toward a joint fundraiser for their respective playground projects.

City department heads reported that recent events had been successful. The playground Fiesta fundraiser was well attended and raised thousands towards the proposals. A Frozen event at the library was attended by 120 people, and Buena Vista University students volunteered to perform in costumes. The bags tournament fundraiser for the fire department was larger than anticipated, with 25 teams taking part, and it is likely it will be repeated next year.