Use of Emerald Park fields to be discussed at two public meetings this week |

Use of Emerald Park fields to be discussed at two public meetings this week

— Who should be allowed to reserve ballfields at Emerald Park will be discussed at two public meetings in Steamboat Springs this week.

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will take up the topic on Wednesday when it considers whether to clarify the 20-year-old ordinance that governs what kinds of activities are allowed at the park.

The ordinance reads: “The baseball, softball and soccer fields … are to be used for scheduling of youth activities exclusively. This does not limit adult pick-up games and general passive recreation within these areas.”

City staff is asking commissioners to consider defining the word “youth” to bring more clarity to the ordinance.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in Citizens Hall.

The age of players recently became a topic of conversation when the city allowed college-aged baseball players to use the park.

Last week, some Steamboat Springs City Council members suggested college-aged players should be considered youth.

Meanwhile, the community also continues to debate whether to allow Triple Crown games to be played at the park for the first time.

Steamboat Springs City Council member Scott Ford is inviting community members to discuss the use of Emerald fields and the economic footprint of Triple Crown at his next Coffee with Council meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Centennial Hall.

Triple Crown wants to hold some youth games in the park on a limited basis.

Some community members want the city to grant the expansion and grow the baseball tournament that brings many visitors to town.

Others are opposed to Triple Crown playing at Emerald because they think the games will bring unwanted noise and traffic to the park.

Last week, after hearing from several community members on both sides of the issue, the city council tabled its discussion until next month.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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