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Summit County turf boosters seek more funding, fields

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Local sports boosters want to raise another $1.175 million to expand artificial turf fields at Summit High.

The Summit Board of County Commissioners discussed the funding at a Tuesday work session, focusing on whether the county should contribute $10,000 toward the effort.

County manager Gary Martinez said backers of the turf fields are planning to ask Great Outdoors Colorado for $700,000, but they need to raise about 10 percent ($117,500) of the project’s total cost to meet GOCO’s requirements for matching funds.

The existing turf field at the high school – completed at the end of the summer – was funded by a huge local effort, along with a $200,000 grant from GOCO and a $100,000 donation from Climax Mine owner Freeport McMoRan for the naming rights to “Climax Molybdenum Field.”

Currently, the turf boosters have about $78,000 on hand, according to Martinez.

The commissioners haven’t reached consensus on the county’s role in the expansion effort.

Commissioner Bob French said he’s come to realize that the field is considered an asset by a significant segment of the population.

“It’s clear to me, this is a very important project to many people in the community,” French said.

Commissioner Thomas Davidson said the county could consider using capital funds to help with the project. He also said Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier does not favor using additional county funds for the project at this time.

Stiegelmeier was attending a state conference Monday, so Davidson and French held off on making a decision until the full board can discuss the issue together.

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