Stagecoach set to play

Town gets its first park

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Stagecoach is getting its first park this summer, thanks to the cooperative efforts of Coyote Run developer Stephen Caragol and the Stagecoach Property Owners Association.

"I am so excited," said Stagecoach mom Stacy Most. "Now I can walk my daughter down to the park, and she can have a great time and Mom can get some exercise. And we can even have lunch. And Sheryl can walk up and meet me," she said at the exciting prospect of converging with other Stagecoach moms at the new park.

Playground equipment arrived to the site Saturday but won't be ready for use for about another week, Caragol said. The park is expected to be complete within the next couple of months.

The new 0.6-acre Stagecoach park will be adjacent to the Coyote Run subdivision, on the left side of Routt County Road 212 as you enter Eagle's Watch subdivision. In addition to a large play set that has climbing areas and slides, the park will have an irrigated lawn, trees, a log shade structure, picnic tables, a barbecue area and paths that can eventually connect to more extensive trails throughout Stagecoach.

"This is a fine example of a cooperative effort between SPOA and a developer. Kudos to Steve Caragol for working with us to get it done," said Stagecoach Property Owner's Association board member John Eastman. Routt County had required Caragol to include a basic park in his subdivision plan, but the developer and the homeowner's association realized there was a need for something more, Eastman said.

"We provided a basic park and SPOA is upgrading it," Caragol said. "It's more deluxe than it started out." Because he realized the majority of people using the new park will be from outside the Coyote Run subdivision, it just made sense to integrate the larger property owner's association from the start, Caragol said.

"Since this is the first common-area improvement, we figured we'd better do it right," Eastman said. To pay for park construction, Caragol and the property owner's association each contributed about $23,000, Eastman said.

Caragol said he was surprised at how incredibly expensive it was to purchase this type of playground equipment, which Eastman described as similar to the new playground at Stock Bridge Park in Steamboat Springs. Caragol estimated that the park worked out to cost about $10 for each lot in all of Stagecoach. He added that there is plenty of room to add additional equipment such as swings and a teeter-totter, "to round it all out."

Stagecoach Property Owner's Association will assume maintenance and liability costs for the park, and Caragol will deed the parkland to the association, Eastman said. Once the land is deeded to the Stagecoach Property Owner's Association, it will become part of the area's open space, Eastman said.

"It's a great start, and it could be added to," Caragol said. "It'll be a real nice playground."

--To reach Jennie Lay call 871-4210

or e-mail jlay@steamboatpilot.com

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