Town of Frisco requests funding for baseball fields
FRISCO – The Frisco Town Council requested funding for a Little League Baseball field from the Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Monday. Frisco Councilmember Tom Looby presented the project to the commissioners and requested $291,000 for the field’s completion. The total cost of the field would be nearly $600,000.Looby pointed out that Frisco already has two baseball fields, one that is regulation size and one more suitable for much younger children. However, neither field is appropriate for children ages 7-12 – Little League age.
The commissioners unanimously denied Frisco county funding, noting that the BOCC had already used funds to build a Summit County baseball field. “We’re not in the recreation business here,” said Commissioner Tom Long. Commissioner Bob French also pointed out that the two existing fields should suffice.
“I remember playing baseball in some very strange areas as a child,” French said. “We didn’t even have dugouts.”Commissioner Bill Wallace concurred with Long and French, but offered an alternative funding idea. He suggested that Frisco and the BOCC partner for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.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.
Both Long and French were supportive of the cooperative effort to attain a GOCO grant for the Little League baseball field.Looby said the Frisco Town Council is currently in discussions with the school district about possibly locating the field on the Summit Middle School grounds. Construction costs for the field could be cut if existing sodded areas at the school could be used.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at email@example.com.
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