Carbondale Sportsplex to open Friday |

Carbondale Sportsplex to open Friday

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The first phase of the Carbondale Community Sportsplex, with swings, a Draco play system, SuperNova, shade sails, trees and a student-designed art wall, will open with a celebration set for 1 p.m. on Friday.

Built on the grounds of Carbondale Middle School, the Sportsplex is the result of a collaboration between the Roaring Fork School District, town of Carbondale, the business community, service clubs, families and individuals.

“The Carbondale Community Sportsplex project came about through a shared master plan study between the town and school district completed three years ago,” said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel.

The goal, he said, was to “work together to provide facilities that could be used by the district during the school day and by the town after school and during the summer.”

“While this region offers an abundance of recreational, sport and fitness opportunities, they are often not accessible to lower income families and children,” said Carbondale Trustee Elizabeth Murphy.

“The Sportsplex is the result of a lot of hard work by many dedicated community individuals. It is a project that has truly evolved over several years with significant community input, as well as some very excited middle schoolers,” Murphy said.

Local contractors helped bring the project to life, including construction coordinator Richard Camp of Richard Camp Landscape Architecture, Trevor Cannon of Umbrella Roofing, Confluence Architects, Ernest Kollar Engineering, Western Slope Materials, Aspen Custom Concrete and Summit Recreation.

“We could not be more proud of our community and the companies and individuals who have come together to get this project going,” said Rick Holt, principal of Carbondale Middle School.

Jackel said the town is submitting a GOCO grant request for the next phase of the project, a free play sports court with synthetic grass, a refurbished basketball court, batting cages, an outdoor classroom and a teaching garden.

“If funds are available after construction of the playground is complete, then the next step will be renovating the public bathrooms,” said Roaring Fork School Board President Matt Hamilton.

Project funding came from Colorado Health Foundation, Alpine Bank, Catholic Charities (Archdiocesan Housing), the Carbondale Soccer Club, the town of Carbondale, Roaring Fork School District, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale Rotary Club and Thendara Foundation.

The Manaus Fund was instrumental in helping to win the Colorado Health Foundation grant.

“Projects like don’t happen without the support of the entire community working collaboratively” said Hamilton. “It’s nice to see progress happen in this way, especially when our kids our involved.”

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