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Now completed, the 12-acre, $12 million complex includes eight tennis courts and fields for soccer, softball and baseball, with a fitness trail encircling the site. The facilities are shared with the surrounding neighborhoods, creating a safe, welcoming place for athletic activities.
At the groundbreaking, speaking to a crowd of students, legislators and community leaders, President Stephen Jordan said the complex, located south of the Colfax viaduct, adjacent to Shoshone Street, will help MSU Denver develop relationships with the nearby neighborhoods of La Alma, Lincoln Park, Sun Valley and Val Verde.
“It’s about creating a park in an urban desert, a place where neighborhood seniors can walk in the morning and where children can safely play sports and develop a love of teamwork and physical fitness,” Jordan said.
District 9 Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero said, “My hope is that this public asset will help to inspire neighborhood people of all ages to pursue a university degree at nearby MSU Denver. Here’s to the continued growth of our partnership within the campus community, the neighborhood community and the city of Denver.”
In addition to the fields and courts, plans called for locker rooms, a multipurpose room, a concession area and an outdoor plaza.