School board officials hope to land high school at Glenwood airport site
Roaring Fork School District officials say the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport would make an ideal site for a new high school.
So ideal, in fact, that they hired architect and land planner John Strickland to sketch out a conceptual campus.
Strickland presented his drawings of the shoehorned school campus, which would be wedged in the long strip of airport land between the Park East and Cardiff Glen subdivisions, to the School Board last Wednesday.
Baseball, soccer and football fields would replace the narrow strip of land currently occupied by the airport’s runway. East of Cardiff Glen, the airport property broadens. This is where the school would go, along with tennis courts and parking lots.
The new school plans could accommodate 1,050 students, and expand to 2,000 students. The design includes 45 classrooms, an athletic wing with three gyms, showers, lockers and training rooms, a full library, a 1,200-seat auditorium, a computer lab, and student center.
“It’s our dream school,” said Roaring Fork School Board President Robin Garvik.
School superintendent Fred Wall is a member of the city’s 12-member ad hoc airport committee, charged with looking at a variety of potential uses for the airport property.
“The high school is one of many ideas that have been brought to the committee,” Wall said. “We’re looking at retaining the airport and also at other uses for the land.”
Other ideas include a mixed use commercial center or a residential development.
Wall said the airport ad hoc committee is tentatively planning to gather all conceptual ideas for the airport’s land use by the first of the year. The committee’s recommendations will then go to Glenwood Springs City Council.
A final decision on the land’s use will be voted on by the city council, but city voters must approve closing the airport for the land to be shifted to another use.
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