BIT Group - Overview » Rules & Policies
Expansion of Consciousness
Recreation historically affects One's physical wellbeing. In this regard, we serve our current patrons well. It is our intent to explore the other components of wellbeing beyond recreation, which come together with recreation to benefit the Whole Human. These wellbeing components include Physical Wellbeing (heretofore "recreation"), Mental Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Spiritual Wellbeing, Career Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing. We intend to explore calendar mapping, documenting, affiliation options and, only where necessary, explore assisting in the creation of these additional wellbeing programs, adding them to recreation and beyond, in the process of facilitating our patron access to them.
Expansion of Effectiveness
Unique opportunities exist where Unique people exist. Witness the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, governing transportation throughout the valley. Our mission is to explore the potential of co-facilitating the creation and development of the Roaring Fork Valley Wellbeing Authority (RFVWA) or similar, a valley-wide recreation district made up of the valley-wide providers of all facets of Wellbeing for the Whole Human. This will take a collaboration of governments, non-profits and private industry, along with considerable exploration amongst these players. Several efficiencies will present themselves in the process. Most notably, a significant economy of scale occurs around shared systems for integrating activity and event calendaring, web and electronic distribution, product pass interchangeability, and even scheduling and point of sale functionality. We intend to explore, develop and present these systems as options as a foundational underpinning for the proposed RFVWA (or similar).
Expansion of Inclusiveness
The City of Aspen historically focuses on providing recreation amenities, facilities and rec programming for those that live in the incorporated city and pay taxes, along with those out of town visitors that come to visit our local environs. But to truly affect this community we refer to as "local", one must expand beyond the incorporated boundaries to include the lives of those that work here but live elsewhere. While clearly the economic engine of the valley thrives here in the City, it is the perspective of the BITGroup that it takes peoples from the whole Roaring Fork Valley community to make that happen. To have measurable impact on the vitality of this community through recreation then, we must broaden our reach and further our inclusiveness. To do so requires the cooperative efforts of the valley's recreation service providers and centers. It is our intent to explore rallying those entities as potential partners with which to share in this vision and cause, and investigate the related benefits from doing so.
The Aspen Parks & Recreation (APR) Department's Business Intelligence and Technology (BIT) Group exists to explore, define, redefine, research, propose, grow, and therein empower the department's management, Aspen citizens, and our visitors from beyond, with the best in class Physical Wellbeing products, and the technologies used to obtain them.
The APR BIT Group has these current and fundamental strategic objectives:
To test, model, analyze and continuously inform APR’s Four Operating Divisions (Parks, Rec, Golf and Marketing & Special Events) regarding the development, duration, completion and delivery stages of their various projects, products, programs, events and or promotions (the APR services); and
To standardize and, where necessary, formalize communication and reporting types, content, and frequencies across said APR services, while ensuring all BIT members are always fully knowledgeable about them; and
To source, implement and fully manage for said Divisions the most appropriate and user-friendly technologies to be maintained for their patron access to, purchase of, and/or transaction with said APR services; and
To investigate the postulation that APR’s local patron is best accommodated and served when APR services are considered as a part of a valley-wide affiliation of similar providers; and
To investigate the postulation that APR’s visitor patron is best accommodated and served when APR services are offered in advance of their arrival, as a packaged component within the travel product (ski, summer, etc) in which he/she is travelling here to participate; and
To facilitate technological systems for use by Marketing in attracting APR’s visitor patron via awareness about, and interaction with, APR services upon arrival in Aspen, when APR pre-inclusion within a travel product has not occurred; and
To investigate the postulation that APR’s services are best represented within the discussion of the Wellbeing of the Whole Human, promoting and advancing the Mental, Social, Spiritual, Career, Financial and Community Wellbeing elements thereof, beyond just that of Physical Wellbeing - which has traditionally heretofore been known as Recreation.
Department Vision & Philosophy
To preserve, enhance and provide access to our recreational facilities, parks, open space and trails.
Scenic views of the natural environment are one of the community’s greatest assets and the reason many people choose to visit or make the Aspen area their home. Maintaining and improving easy access to public lands throughout the UGB is equally important.
The City and County have made great strides in the acquisition of open space during the last 40 years. The further acquisition of open space parcels should focus on wildlife habitat, the protection of scenic resources, trail connectivity and recreational uses.
The City and County have dramatically expanded the regional trails network in recent decades. Further trail development should focus on connections between existing trails to further improve this outstanding network for the purpose of supporting an outdoor lifestyle, easy access to outlying public lands and to provide increased opportunities for the use of trails by commuters in both summer and winter.
The City’s recreation programs and facilities have become a valuable asset for year-round residents as well as building on the community’s reputation as a center for high quality recreation. These programs and facilities must be constantly reassessed and revitalized in order to maintain one of the most valued features of the Aspen area.