Silverthorne’s sand courts ready
SILVERTHORNE – The sand has been trucked in from Denver, the nets are taut and measured to regulation and the sod is settling on the sidelines.
Silverthorne’s sand volleyball courts are set for their grand opening Sunday.
The courts have been open for play since the snow melted this spring, but the town is holding a ceremony starting at 3 p.m. Sunday – with a barbecue, drop-in play and a tournament – to officially introduce the two courts.
The courts occupy the plateau adjacent to the tennis courts behind the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
“I think they are beautiful,” said Silverthorne recreation coordinator Joanne Breigenzer. “Already we’re seeing quite a lot of use out there.”
The town eventually would like to introduce leagues and a summer tournament, but for now, it is trying to settle on a time for serious drop-in play. In the meantime, the courts are always open, and outdoor balls can be checked out at the rec center.
“Right now it’s open play,” Breigenzer said. “But we’re always looking for programs to do out there.”
In fact, Breigenzer will conduct a survey at Sunday’s opening to get an idea of what local players would like to see happen at the courts.
Dillon resident Eric Nicholds is an avid sand volleyball player who has helped build sand courts in his home state of Tennessee. He advised the town of Silverthorne on how to build the courts to regulation, ensuring that the sand was powder-soft and that the nets could be adjusted from the 8-foot male height to 7-foot-4 for females.
“They’re the best courts I’ve ever been involved with building,” Nicholds said. “We have a group that plays Thursdays and Sundays, and we’re just going to play as much as we can.”
The town got $15,000 of the $25,000 total cost for the courts from a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at email@example.com.
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