By Clayton Chaney
Aspen Springs will be getting a new playground facility this year at the county’s Ute Drive Park.
At a regular meeting held by the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on March 16, the board voted to approve $112,246.70 of funds from the county’s Conservation Trust Fund to go toward a new playground facility in the Aspen Springs subdivision.
Commissioner Ron Maez proposed an additional $5,000 of contingency to be included with the project’s budget, which was approved, bringing the total funds allocated for the project to $117,246.70.
The BoCC approved a proposal from a company, GameTime, for the purchase and installation of the playground equipment.
Maez also explained during the meeting that the county received funds granted from the Colorado Trust foundation for the project.
He noted that Colorado Trust will cover maintenance costs of the facility’s equipment. However, Archuleta County will still be allowed to own the playground equipment.
According to the proposal submitted by GameTime, the playground will be equipped with multiple slides, swings and climbing towers.
County Commissioner Alvin Schaaf commented, “I think it’s important. We don’t get the chance do a lot for the younger generation, so this is a great step in the right direction.”
Project start and completion dates are still being determined.