Keystone freestyle center delayed
By CHRISTINE McMANUS summit daily newsDespite the delayed opening of the a freestyle skiing center in Keystone, the founders of the facility say they are still committed to opening a world-class training center at the Summit County resort. The Landon Morley Freestyle Center was initially scheduled to open to elite athletes and the general public in April. Back in October, the Summit County commissioners approved the rezoning of the property from a tennis complex into a freestyle center for the next generation of freestyle skiers and snowboarders. For eight months, the Sawyer Foundation has been converting the indoor Keystone tennis courts into the freestyle center, with trampolines, exercise machines and foam pits and other acrobatic features.”The Sawyers are fully committed to the freestyle center and have no intention of backing out,” said Mitch Baranowski, the Sawyers’ spokesperson. “They’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in this hiring staff members and developing programs. They’re ready to go.”For eight months, the Sawyer Foundation has also been waiting for Keystone and Vail Resorts to finalize the lease on the center, Baranowski said.The ski resort owns the property. Vail Resorts and Keystone are working out the final details of the lease for the freestyle center, said Lisha Burnett, spokesperson for Keystone. If freestyle center organizers want to build a ski jump or convert the tennis courts outside into a skate and BMX bike park, they still must receive final approvals from the county.
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