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Backwards on ballfields

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

No bleachers? No lights? No artificial turf?

These holes in the school district’s design for the new Battle Mountain High School in Edwards don’t make any sense ” particularly to parents of athletes and voters who approved a $128 million bond last fall.

When the district promised the new high school would be a vast improvement over the an aging, insufficient Eagle-Vail building, how could anyone expect some sports teams would have to return to the old campus to play games?

School board chairman Scott Green was disingenuous when he said there were various “special interests” ” such as culinary arts ” at the high school competing for funds; as if the county’s teenagers were oil, insurance and automobile lobbyists.

The design flaw is especially glaring in an area that is so committed to sports, recreation and all manner of outdoor activities.

Parents are right to complain that some teams will always be playing “away” games if they have to travel from Edwards to Eagle-Vail. The lack of bleachers will drive the football team east and the lack of artificial turf could mean the soccer and lacrosse teams also will be homeless early in their seasons.

Parents say this will prevent kids from expressing school spirit by decorating the fields before home games ” unless the kids can catch rides to Eagle-Vail.

Parents also are right so say they feel betrayed after giving the district so much money and receiving plans for a substandard product in return.

The district’s plans for the actual school building are intriguing ” lots of windows to let the High Country light and scenery in along with open spaces for students to gather. But the district should go back to the drawing board and upgrade its plans for the athletic fields so future Huskies can have some home games.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board

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