Construction at Sayre Park underway

Construction of new basketball courts and other improvements at Sayre Park began Monday, according to a press release from the City of Glenwood Springs.

The northwest corner of the park surrounding the basketball courts will be closed until Labor Day for construction, although pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open with minor detours.

Monday’s work marks the start of the first phase of the Sayre Park improvements and includes the deconstruction of the old basketball court and grading of the site to deal with the drop adjacent to the field and the construction of three new courts. sports, installation of a sidewalk for Americans with disabilities, ramps and trails, a new water fountain with bottle filler, landscaping, changes in irrigation efficiency, new lot lighting, orientation signage , spectator benches and an improved staircase to the mid-level courts.

“We are delighted to start making improvements to this beloved central park which is such a wonderful facility in our community. We hope the improvements will allow people of all abilities to be physically and mentally active with their friends and neighbors, ”said Brian Smith, director of parks and recreation, in the statement.

The city has partnered with Game On Camps and Hoop d’Ville as key project stakeholders for fundraising efforts and Grand River Construction is providing approximately 60% of the construction costs for the phase I pro bono project, indicates the press release.

The city also received a federal grant of $ 25,000 for parts of the project.

“The Sayre Park improvements were developed through public input from the 2019 Sayre Park Master Plan Project and are guided by the 2016 Parks and Recreation Master Plan,” the statement said.

“These incremental improvements will focus on accessibility of ADA throughout the park, improve safety, modernize the playground, replace deteriorated systems and facilities, and replace athletic fields.”

Journalist Shannon Marvel can be reached at 605-350-8355 or [email protected]

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