Rec district seeks more funds |

Rec district seeks more funds

ASPEN ” Despite $5.1 million in bonds approved by voters almost three years ago, a mid-valley recreation district is running out of money ” and asking the county for more.

The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, created by the same ballot measure that funded it in November 2002, is asking Eagle County for $500,000 so it can afford to build all the amenities it planned for in a new park and sports complex in El Jebel.

The district has envisioned a “champagne park on a beer budget,” said Mark Fuller, a consultant with the recreation district.

They have already cut about $35,000 from the cost by redesigning the main playground and another $100,000 by reducing the landscaping, benches and shelters. Inflation, unanticipated construction costs and other factors have contributed to the need for money, Fuller said.

County commissioners said the budget request would be considered during deliberations on the 2006 budget.

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