by Tori Sheets
The Ouray Ice Park Board of Directors and staff sat down with Ouray City Council on Tuesday night for a talk about the park's goals and outlook for future years.
Rachel Mueller, vice-president and secretary for OIPI, gave a rundown of the park's mission and strategic plan. One of the main issues the board is tackling is the over-crowding the park saw this last season.
"A lot of locals you talk to say they don't climb in the Ice Park anymore because it just doesn't have that cool vibe, that good energy, something's been lost," Mueller said. "I've heard that from a lot of places."
The park does have rules, but many visitors are not following them. For example, Mueller said, she has seen people set their ropes and leave them for long periods of time. People are camping out in spots, making it impossible for everyone to have a chance to climb.