Gypsum, school district hope to partner for land purchase
GYPSUM — It’s a little more than a few months until the spring sports season begins at Eagle Valley High School, and when it does, the annual shuffle for space will commence.
Approximately 50 percent of the school’s student body participates in a spring sports, so between track and field, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and baseball, there are a lot of kids crammed into a limited amount of practice space at the school. But Eagle County Schools and the town of Gypsum are teaming up on a grant application to hopefully address the issue.
The two entities have applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO/Colorado Lottery) grant to purchase the Bindley property, which lies between the school campus and the Gypsum Sports Complex off of Cooley Mesa Road. Today, that parcel sits at a higher elevation than the school fields, but it turns out that may well be a boon for the project.
“As part of the GOCO application, we have discovered there is some gravel on the parcel,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll.
‘A Great Deal’
The town has discussed possible mining at the parcel with Hobbs Excavating, which would bring the property to grade and make the land a more practical location for practice fields. Additionally, the land purchase and grading would help bring traffic circulation improvements to the road system south of both Eagle Valley High School and Gypsum Elementary School.
Eagle Valley principal Greg Doan noted that because voters passed two ballot questions for school funding this week, the prospects for the Bindley parcel are good.
“If will be a great deal if it all works out,” said Doan.
Gypsum residents have been running sump pumps to address high groundwater issues.