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Flagstaff Council Postpones Final Vote On Proposed Sled Hill

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Flagstaff City Council postponed a final decision on a controversial proposed snow park on McMillan Mesa at tonight’s meeting. The issue will be placed back on the council agenda on September 4th. While a final lease agreement was not voted on, two amendments to the lease did receive council approval. These included adding a one time lease fee of $75,000 and making changes to the lease renewal process so that the council could have a say when the lease comes up again for renewal. Amendments to allow lighting at the snow park failed.

Several times during the council discussion process the council received jeers and heckling from the audience of mostly Friends of Flagstaff’s Future members and their supporters. Friends of Flagstaff’s Future is strongly opposed to the snow park and tonight they delivered a petition with 500 signatures asking the council to reject the lease agreement.

During the roughly 90 minutes of public comment, only a handful of speakers voiced support for the snow play area.

Those opposed expressed concerns about everything from the loss of open space to the possibility that some kids could not afford the cost of admission

One member of the public asked why the City was allowing someone to open a snow play area as a business rather than letting children sled for free on the hills and mountains.

Mayor Nabours responded with a reference to action taken by former councils,

“We as a City have fenced off every known sledding area. There is nowhere to sled. ”


  1. Susan Mihalik
    July 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I think it’s a shame that we can’t do something for our kids and the visitors that come to Flag. I see families stop on the side of the road to play in the snow. Is that safe?
    I think the City council should be ashamed of their decision. At least we could have lights on weekends.

    • July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

      For the record, Nabours, Brewster and Oravits supported the amendments to allow low lighting until 9:30 PM at the latest. Overton, Evans and Barotz were not in support of lighting. Woodson did not vote due to a conflict of interest. In a tie vote the motion fails.

  2. James
    July 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Maybe the city can spray that snow melt chemical for the roads on all hills in and around FLG. That will teach those darn kids to stay inside and play more video games.

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