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Field work won’t interfere with the softball schedule

Aspen Times Staff Report

Construction and remodeling of ball fields in Aspen won’t result in fewer fields this summer, according to the Aspen Recreation Department.

The two fields at Iselin Park will be used until the two new Moore ball fields are ready. When the Moore fields are completed, work on the Iselin ones will begin.

If there are no major delays, the Iselin/Moore switch will take place around July 4.

“We’re even ahead of schedule because the weather’s been so mild and the snow melted early, so things might even happen before the Fourth,” said Chad Denning, of the recreation department.

According to Tim Anderson, director of recreation, any hardship caused by the construction will be well worth it in the end.

“There may be a little congestion on one field or another during construction, but the bottom line is a much better product when everything’s said and done,” he said. “It’s almost like taking one step backward in order to take two steps forward, but user groups will see the difference when we’re done.”

When work on the Iselin fields is completed, the city’s recreational program will boast six regulation-sized fields.

And not only will users enjoy more fields, but they’ll be in better condition than in the past, said Anderson. With new irrigation systems installed and better sod, he expects the playing conditions will be noticeably better in the future.

The current Iselin fields “mesh” in the outfields and can create a dangerous situation when two games are being played at once, Denning said. The remodeled fields will be larger and will not overlap.

Although Wagner Park will be temporarily closed for reseeding, that closure also shouldn’t affect the softball season. The park will also be used later in the summer for the annual Aspen Food and Wine Classic and Ruggerfest.

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