The Buena Vista Recreation Department’s vision is to serve the local community by facilitating affordable and inclusive recreational opportunities.

Our mission is to support individuals’ well-being by:

  • Providing recreation programs that inspire a variety of interests, including sports, music, and fine arts.          
  • Organizing special events that promote community development through positive social interaction.
  • Facilitating stewardship of our outdoor recreation resources.
  • Communicating with the Recreation Advisory Board to address the evolving needs of the community.



Sports leagues or recurring athletic programs. This includes softball, basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and other recreational and competitive leagues.

Outdoor Rec

Nature-based programs aimed at community engagement & conservation like group bike rides, 4x4 meet ups, cross country skiing, or trail building.


Organized activities aimed at physical fitness and health. This includes yoga, group workout classes, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, and more.

Special Events

Local community events that focus on recreation activities. Examples include concerts, tournaments & races.

Special Interests

Fun programs geared toward special topics of interest like bridge, seniors, dog lovers, or children's play groups.

Fine Arts

Recurring activities focused on artistic expression such as weekly art classes, music lessons, and dance classes.

Recreation Staff

Earl Richmond

Recreation Director

Office: 719-395-2408
Email Earl

Shane Basford

Program Coordinator (Adult)

Office: 719-395-1939 
Cell: 719-581-0412 
Email Shane

Tucker Wildeson

Programming Assistant (Youth)

Office: 1-719-581-1051
Email Tucker

Benjamin Eichel

Reservations and  Special Event Permitting

Office: 719-581-1029
Cell: 719-966-9984
Email Ben

Advisory Board


  • Recreation Advisory Board duties are to make recommendations to the Trustees regarding the operation, improvement, and maintenance of the Town’s recreation programs and facilities, and to bring to the attention of the Board of Trustees any matter pertaining to the Town’s recreation programs and facilities.
  • The Recreation Advisory Board has seven (7) voting members and two (2) alternates will be appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Recreation Advisory Board also includes the recreation staff and a designated Board of Trustees member, both of whom serve as non-voting ex officio members.
  • Recreation Advisory Board guiding documents: Recreation Master Plan, River Park Master Plan.
  • The Recreation Advisory Board meets at 7:30 AM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Community Center (715 East Main St).
  • Please contact the Recreation Director with any questions.

Recreation Advisory Board Members


McKenzie Lyle, Chair

Marcus Trusty, Vice Chair

Rick Bieterman


Gary Crowder

Dan Hamme

Danielle Ryan

Luke Urbine


Ashley Davis

Jan Johnson

Trustee Liaison

Lawanna Best

Ex Officio Members

Earl Richmond, Recreation Director

Agenda and Minutes

Please click here to review the Agenda and Minutes of the BV Recreation Advisory Board.

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