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Moore playing fields should be ready for action by Oct. 7

Aspen Times Staff Report

Construction of the new recreation fields on the Moore property should be finished by early October, according to Randall and Blake, Inc., the contractor awarded the contract to complete the work.

The playing fields are the first phase of a four-part plan to upgrade the recreational facilities in Aspen. Work on the city of Aspen’s Community Campus Master Plan began on July 7. The property is located adjacent to Aspen High School.

Phase one will include installation of soccer, baseball and softball fields, as well as the seeding of six acres of irrigated bluegrass and 13 acres of native mountain vegetation for recreational use. RBI will also build expansive recreational paths that will carry patrons throughout the park’s native landscapes and along newly created wetlands, said Jon Dunham, of RBI.

Throughout the project there will be an emphasis placed on blending the facility into the surrounding scenery, Dunham said. The design, done by RBI’s Design/Build and DHM and Associates, calls for landforms to be extended so that neighboring residents have enhanced views. More than 62,000 cubic yards of earth will be moved.

The construction will also incorporate the site’s historical rock and native vegetation into the landscapes. Rock, which will be pulled from the ground during excavation and site development, will be used as cobble in the many rock structures and walls throughout the park, said Dunham. In addition to the rock walls, the restored native habitat will showcase the diversified plant life of the mountain shrubland ecosystem.

The entire plan will be carried out over the next four years and will involve the creation of more sport fields along with aesthetic landscapes and wildlife habitat. Construction of the Moore playing fields facility should be completed by October 7.


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