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Summit County, towns seek public input on indoor sports fieldhouse

This is a January photo of the entrance to the Breckenridge Recreation Center in Breckenridge. Currently, Summit County and its respective towns Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco are asking for input via an online survey with regards to the entities' joint-idea to construct a sports fieldhouse with the express purpose of providing another county facility for indoor sports, namely during the winter.

Summit County and the towns of Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne are mulling the idea of an indoor sports fieldhouse, and they all want your thoughts.

The county and the three towns are currently collaborating on a study to assess the need for and feasibility of a new indoor community sports complex — or "fieldhouse" — here in the county. If you'd like to provide feedback, you can do so through Nov. 15 via an online survey at: http://www.bit.ly/summco18.

In a Tuesday morning press release, Frisco town spokesman Brodie Boilard said the communities are considering the fieldhouse idea as the county's long winters can pose challenges for some athletic activities. Boilard noted how during the fall, winter and spring seasons, many youth and adult sports practices, games and tournaments are canceled or rescheduled because of inclement weather.

Boilard wrote how some community members believe a fieldhouse would provide greater certainty and opportunity for local training and competition for athletes of all ages.

"As currently envisioned," Boilard wrote, "a fieldhouse would include amenities that complement the offerings of the existing recreation centers and other recreational facilities in the community, including providing indoor spaces for training for sports of all types and athletes of all ages. The complex could also house community meeting rooms, shared co-op working spaces and indoor gathering areas."

The fieldhouse community survey is the first component of the requisite "needs assessment" process. All Summit County residents are encouraged to participate in the survey, which takes about five minutes to complete.

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