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City Council denies Triple Crown request to use Emerald ballfields

Scott Franz

Westyn Claar rounds third base during the Triple Crown Skill Challenge at Howelsen Hill.

— Pamela Lane residents will not see any more traffic on their street next year from Triple Crown baseball and softball games.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to deny a proposed change to Triple Crown’s current contract that would have allowed the organization to hold youth games at Emerald for the first time starting next year.

Council members agreed a new vehicular access to the park that doesn’t run through Pamela Lane needs to be completed before the city considers letting Triple Crown play ball there.

After a recent breakthrough in negotiations with the Union Pacific Railroad, the city is planning to create the new access into the park as soon as next year.

“No access road. No discussion. Period. End of story,” Councilwoman Sonja Macys said after the council heard more than an hour of public comment on the requested change to Triple Crown’s contract.

Several residents who live near the park said traffic and parking there already are an issue, and they didn’t want the additional traffic.

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Community members also called on the city to look at a longer-term solution and find a way to create more fields to play on in the city.

The city’s current contract with Triple Crown runs through June 2016. Then, it will automatically renew for a five-year term and run through 2020.

Triple Crown was seeking more fields to play on so it could grow the number of teams in its baseball and softball tournaments.

Some community members told the council to grant the request because of the economic benefits the games bring to the city.

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