Summit County seeks more funds for artificial turf fields

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— Local sports boosters want to raise another $1.175 million to expand artificial turf fields at Summit High School.

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 that 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, Martinez said.

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

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

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