Soccer field dedication slated for Wednesday |

Soccer field dedication slated for Wednesday

The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District will dedicate the new soccer field at Crown Mountain Park to the late Nick McGrath, a local attorney and recreation enthusiast who died suddenly in 2002.

The dedication will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crown Mountain Park site immediately west of the Eagle County Community Building in El Jebel. The dedication will take place in between the first two soccer games to be held on the new field.

McGrath was a great supporter of the Crown Mountain District and Park and of local recreation in general. He participated in the planning of the redevelopment of the Crown Mountain Park site, formerly the Mt. Sopris Tree Farm, for many years and was a vocal advocate of recreation, particularly soccer, in the mid-valley area.

The new field at Crown Mountain Park was built by Eagle County in 2002 in conjunction with the construction of the new Eagle County Community Building. The field has been allowed to mature over the summer and is now ready for use.

The first games on the field will be between teams from the Women’s Adult League, with the first game, between La Cocina and Glenwood Springs set for 5:30 p.m. kickoff, and the second game, between Basalt and Glenwood Springs, set for kickoff immediately following the 6:30 p.m. dedication ceremony. Nick McGrath’s daughter Molly will play for Basalt in the second game.

“Nick was an energetic and tireless advocate for mid-valley recreation”, said Laurie Soliday, Chairwoman of the Crown Mountain District Board. “His infectious enthusiasm for soccer and for quality recreational facilities was a huge factor in the creation of the Crown Mountain District. We are proud that his family will help inaugurate this new field which we will name in his honor. We will think of Nick whenever we use it for the sports he loved so much.”

The public is invited to attend the soccer games and dedication ceremony. Local soccer enthusiasts and participants, friends of the McGrath family, and supporters of the Crown Mountain District are particularly urged to join in celebrating the first formal recreational use of the new Park.

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