Groundbreaking is Tuesday for Sopris Elementary School playground |

Groundbreaking is Tuesday for Sopris Elementary School playground

Staff Report
A rendering of the planned new Sopris Elementary School playground courtesy Churchich Recreation of Niwot.

The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon, as work is set to begin on the new Sopris Elementary School playground as soon as school is out for the summer.

Festivities will start with a fun run for students at 3 p.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:10 p.m. at the playground site.

Sopris Elementary was awarded a $100,000 Great Outdoors Colorado School Yard Initiative grant last summer to help pay for upgrades for the school’s playground. The rest of the money for the project comes from the taxpayer-supported bond issue for major building improvements across the Roaring Fork School District.

“Together, these funds will be used to enhance natural outdoor learning spaces and address major drainage issues,” according to a news release from the district.

The new playground area will have handicap accessible features and spaces, and will be open to the community during non-school hours. New features will also include a sliding zip line, a custom maze with an obstacle course, a sodded play area and a bioswale to help with drainage.

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