The Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District election is just around the corner. On the ballot are two positions on the district’s board of …
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The Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District election is just around the corner. On the ballot are two positions on the district’s board of directors currently held by directors Roger Gudenkauf and Mark Whitney, both of whom are term-limited.
Election day will be Tuesday, May 8, and four polling locations will be open: Carl Park Community Center, 5401 Meade St.; Perl Mack Community Center, 7125 Mariposa St.; Carroll Butts Athletic Park, 9427 Perry St.; and the Donald E. VanArsdale Gymnastics Center, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can also drop off mail-in ballots at any of the polling locations on election day.
The three candidates running for a position on the board are Andrew Larington, Philip Roan and Tom Lynch. Each candidate has a connection to the district and hopes to bring it continued success. Each candidate was profiled in previous editions of the Westminster Window. Below is a quick overview of each candidate.
Larington began his working career as a groundskeeper at Water World at age 14. His love of recreation continued into adulthood as he earned positions in other recreation districts. Now he works as an aquatics coordinator for a parks and recreation district in Broomfield.
“Hyland Hills gave me so many great opportunities, and I was able to meet so many great people over the years,” he said. “I want to make sure the district is still here for my kids and my grandkids, because it’s a wonderful thing that we can easily take for granted.”
Roan was a previous Hyland Hills board of director in 1978. He left the board when he was named chief judge in Adams County District Court. Now that he has retired from the bench, Roan said, he wants to give back to the district he believes in 100 percent.
“What is great about the district is that it adheres to the mission to provide as many recreation facilities as possible at an affordable price for the residents,” he said. “We have had great board members over the years to keep this goal happening.”
Lynch has been a longtime Westminster resident, and over the years he and his family have utilized the amenities of Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District. He is looking forward to giving back to a district that is an asset to his family’s lives, providing them outdoor activities and recreation sports opportunities.
“The district has done a great job working with other municipalities, and this has been a big part of their vision,” he said. “Their collaborative efforts save the taxpayers money by eliminating the duplication of resources and that’s a great thing.”
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