Giving parks a youthful view
City of Aurora announced that the Aurora Parks Committee appointed 13-year-old Sunny Weidman as its youth member.
Weidman, who was unanimously voted to the panel, developed an interest in participating in city government after her mother, Tara Weidman, joined the Aurora City Council last year.
"Just seeing how much she loves being a part of this wonderful community has inspired me to get involved as well," said Sunny Weidman who is an eighth-grade student at Two Rivers Farm School. "I love this little town and would like to help make it a fantastic place for all people to live. Also, I am considering a career in politics and thought this would be a great place to start."
Weidman has grown up in Aurora. She said her acquaintance with many of the area's younger residents could be a boon to the panel as it seeks input and insight from youth.
"Sunny said during the most recent meeting that community youth are among the biggest users of the park facilities," City Recorder W. Scott Jorgensen said. "Having her on the committee will help ensure that that they have a strong voice. The committee members and city staff will also benefit from having that perspective represented."
The committee also voted unanimously to recommend to Aurora City Council that Aaron Ensign be appointed to the committee. Ensign is a 19-year resident of Aurora who had previously served on an earlier version of the committee. His service coincided with a period of major park improvements.
Jorgensen said the council will decide on the appointment during its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting. If appointed, Ensign would fill a vacancy created when the former chair, Brian Asher, was appointed mayor.
Jorgensen noted that the committee is also recommending that the city spend $5,000 in park improvements funds, which have been allocated for the current fiscal year, toward improving the driveway access at the nine-acre, city-owned property near the railroad tracks.
The next meeting of the Aurora Parks Committee is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.18, at the Aurora City Hall council chambers.
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