Frisco ballfields in GOCO request
FRISCO – A request for a Little League field in Frisco will be bundled with other county recreation projects into a Great Outdoors Colorado grant request, county manager Ron Holliday said at Monday’s Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting.New fields at Silverthorne’s Cottonwood Park and other softball and baseball fields in the county in need of repair will also be included in the packaged grant request. Holliday said the grouped project grant would be much more competitive in the fund allocation process than if the Little League baseball field was proposed by itself. “I think we could conceivably get 50 percent through GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado),” said Holliday, who also serves as an appointee to the GOCO board.The grant will most likely be considered by GOCO next spring, according to Holliday. Holliday informed the BOCC that money in the county’s reserve budget could also be used to assist Frisco in building the baseball field.At the Nov. 15 BOCC meeting, Frisco Town Councilmember Tom Looby requested $291,000 for a Little League Baseball field from the commissioners, projecting the total cost to be $600,000. Frisco budgeted $300,000 from its capital fund. Looby said the cost estimate for a new field is based on what it cost to build one at the new Silverthorne Elementary School. The town’s preferred location for a new field is on Summit School District property at Summit Middle School.The commissioners suggested they might provide Frisco some seed money for the project while noting they were “not in the recreation business.”Commissioner Bill Wallace suggested last week that Frisco and the BOCC could partner on a GOCO grant.Frisco already has two baseball fields; however, neither field is appropriate for children ages 7-12 – Little League age. GOCO receives 50 percent of the state’s lottery proceeds, which it allocates to protect and enhance Colorado’s wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage.The GOCO staff along with outside experts evaluate each grant application. The staff then submits recommendations to the GOCO board, which makes final funding decisions.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at email@example.com.
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