5/7/2013 10:37:00 AM Letter: Zipline keeps with spirit of Route 66
To the editor:
What I call good news certainly traveled fast today: a zipline in Williams. Obviously I feel this is a fantastic idea and I am very pleased the Williams City Council had the foresight to accept the proposal.
As Mayor Moore said, "we need some more recreation in this town for people to do." I agree whole heartedly.
New business, such as the zipline, should be welcomed warmly by everyone. Route 66 is historically embraced and remembered as having amusement parks, mini-golf courses and a multitude of various roadside attractions from Chicago to the Pacific coast for travelers to enjoy. A zipline is in keeping with the spirit of Route 66.
Williams is a town with some of the most kind, colorful and eclectic people I have ever met. We should encourage more people to visit us and enjoy the multitude and variety of restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment. I feel we are a bit weak in the entertainment department. After the train returns, Bearizona is closed for the day, shopping is completed, everyone has enjoyed a fantastic meal and the smoke from the gun fighters clears, families are left without options except to return to their rooms and watch television. We need a place for the entire family to enjoy recreational activities after the sun goes down and those days when they are resting from the other activities.
The zipline is a good start. I have suggested a bowling alley/arcade/mini-golf complex with enthusiastic response from almost everyone who would listen. As always, all it takes is money.
I also suggested forming a community co-op to pay for such projects. Let the members of the community have ownership in such a project. Make locals the partners in business and the community. A co-op would allow those without a lot of capital a chance to become business owners, which makes for better citizens.
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Maybe the newspaper could ask the people of Williams what they would like. Make a list of fun activities and have the residents vote. Have it inthe paper for about a month. Some suggestions would be a movie theater where a ticket would cost less than 4 dollars. Open only in the evenings. One day a week and on weekends. Family roller skating rink for winter combined with a snack bar, wi fi, dancing but no booze or drugs. Hire a security man at the door.