Determined grant-writer lands Silt soccer fields |

Determined grant-writer lands Silt soccer fields

Armed with $76,000 in grants, the town of Silt is building a pair of new soccer fields within walking distance of Roy Moore Elementary School.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed the kids will be able to start playing on it in the fall,” said Silt recreation director Sue McKinstry.

The fields will be located in Flying Eagle Park at 16th and Grand.

McKinstry said one field will be regulation size for U10 players (under 10 years old), and the other for U8 players (under 8 years old).

McKinstry said Parks and Recreation Committee member Deanna Bauer took the lead in landing grants for the project from three sources.

“Without her help, I don’t think we’d be where we are today,” McKinstry said. “She was bound and determined to get some soccer fields.”

The grants are $10,000 from the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association, $20,000 from the Aspen Foundation and $46,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The two fields will be Silt’s first. Currently, the town’s recreation program uses school facilities.

Silt’s soccer program attracts 130 to 140 youth players in the spring and fall seasons.

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