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Proposed contract would let Triple Crown use Emerald ballfields

Scott Franz






Joel Reichenberger

— City staff wants to let Triple Crown youth teams play softball and baseball at Emerald Park for the first time starting next year.

Under the proposed terms of a new five-year contract with Triple Crown, one field at Emerald would be used in 2016, two could be used in 2017 and three could be used from 2018-2020.

The use of the fields in 2017 and beyond would be dependent upon the completion of a new access road into the park that does not run through the residential neighborhood of Pamela Lane.

No games will be scheduled during the popular Music on the Green events at the nearby Yampa River Botanic Park.

Games also cannot start after 5 p.m.

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Triple Crown’s desire to expand its summer tournament into Emerald has stirred up a debate in the community.

Some community members have opposed the expansion, saying the extra games would bring unwanted noise and traffic to the nearby Yampa Valley Botanic Park, which values silence and serenity.

Other community members have noted that Triple Crown is a big economic driver for the city in the summer and that more games should be allowed at the park.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider approving the proposed terms of the contract July 21.

Public comment will be accepted during the meeting.

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