New Castle asks $800,000 question |

New Castle asks $800,000 question

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

NEW CASTLE ” Should the town borrow $800,000 for a new 10-acre park adjacent to Kathryn Senor Elementary School?

That’s the ballot question slated for New Castle residents in the Nov. 8 general election.

“We’re requesting to borrow $800,000 to build what is now being referenced as ‘North Park,'” said town administrator Steve Rippy. “(If approved), we’ll get it through either bonding or a bank.”

The public park would be a multiuse facility containing fields for football, soccer and baseball, as well as picnic areas. Both the school and the town’s recreation programs would use the park.

The land is currently owned by Castle Valley Ranch developer Eric Williams.

A portion of the park could also be used as an amphitheater in the future and basketball and tennis courts could be constructed, Rippy said.

Funds to build the park would come from grant money and a 1⁄2-cent sales and use tax fund for parks and recreation that was approved by voters in November 2001.

“We want to make it clear that there are no additional taxes,” Rippy said. “This is tax money already approved by voters. It’s not a tax increase ” we’re not asking for a tax hike.”

The $800,000 would allow the city to seek additional funding ” such as Great Outdoor Colorado grants ” to build the park in phases.

“We envision four phases,” Rippy said. “Basically, the first phase would be to get the 10 acres graded for all future uses. Three-plus acres would be a multiuse area with a trail system through it and picnic areas.”

With the town’s growing population, Rippy said additional parks are needed.

“We’re trying to create more fields in town,” he said. “We had more than 500 kids in our recreation program this year. We see the need to build a larger-scale park.”

Contact Heidi Rice

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