Aspen to give away Iselin Park grass |

Aspen to give away Iselin Park grass

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen will offer a deal on grass Thursday.

The city Parks Department has arranged to have the sod at its Iselin Park athletic field removed and rolled for reuse. It will be given away.

The field, next to the Aspen Recreation Center on Maroon Creek Road, is to be resurfaced with artificial turf.

“We decided we were going to provide sod to the general public as opposed to scraping it away,” said Stephen Ellsperman, city parks and open space director.

Rolls will be available on a pallet in the Iselin Park parking lot for those who want to load a few into their vehicles. Or, a crew will be available to load an entire pallet of sod into appropriate vehicles, Ellsperman said.

The giveaway is scheduled to begin at noon, and continue Friday morning if necessary, but inclement weather on Thursday could force the city to postpone the event, he cautioned.

The sod, Ellsperman added, is a blend of grasses – Kentucky bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass – suitable for sports turf.

“It’s not significantly different than what you might find at a regular sod farm,” he said.

The field contains 109 square feet of grass, and there may be plenty of takers to haul it off.

“We’re not exactly sure what to expect, but if the calls we’re getting are any indication of the interest, we expect it to be a pretty successful giveaway,” Ellsperman said.

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