This summer, Sam Lundeen, the 13-year-old son of RAP's Rose Lundeen, drowned as the result of a tragic accident while he was participating in a rafting trip on the Colorado River. In celebration of his life, several of Rose's co- workers have arranged with the city of Boulder's Mountain Parks staff to create a meaningful memorial. The Flatirons were special to Sam, and in acknowledgment of that, the area behind the Bluebell Shelter in the Chautauqua Mountain Park will be transformed into a teaching garden and resting place. It will include native plants with interpretation, a memorial bench with a gorgeous view of the Flatirons, and a landscaped area with steps to the shelter. Staff who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the garden may send them to either Cindy Schmidt or Loretta Quinn (UN). Checks should be made out to the Boulder Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Rose passes on this message to staff: "The Lundeen family would like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone within the NCAR/UCAR community who provided overwhelming love and support during this very painful and confusing period. Throughout this horrible time we have received many offerings including food, condolences, financial support, and memorials. Your concern and warm outpouring of assistance have been truly exceptional and have exhibited a degree of caring and commitment to our family that has truly touched our hearts."