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Summerfest showcases Crown Mountain Park

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Photos and text by Will Grandbois

The second annual Summerfest drew thousands of people to Crown Mountain Park on June 2 and 3 with everything from free live music to kids activities to a tasty taco competition (Roaring Fork Club took people’s choice for the second year running).

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Located on the south side of Highway 133 at the El Jebel light, the 130-acre park was a tree farm before being voted into open space and incorporated as a special district. Now, it hosts an array of fields and courts for soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball, softball and tennis as well as a playground, BMX track and pond. It’s also an off-leash park, with around 84,000 dog bags slated for use this year.

In addition to ongoing public programming like a free baseball camp with ex major leaguers on June 18 and the Lift Off 4 LIFT-UP hot-air balloon fundraiser on June 24 and 25. It’s available for affordable party rentals with all the bells and whistles.

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“We believe strongly in the development of community through parks and recreation,” said Park Manager Nate Grinzinger.

Summerfest was intended to be a multicultural opportunity for people to get to know the park, Grinzinger explained.

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“We’re sitting on this gem that nobody even knows is here,” he said.

The giant foam machine proved particularly popular with the kids, while the park opted to charge for hot-air balloon rides to curb the crowds they experienced last year.

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Indeed, the park has found itself with a lot more going on and the same amount of staff and funding, but that hasn’t kept them from thinking big. In fact, they’re interested in public opinion on potential uses for adjacent property, which is currently on the market and was used for event parking. Grinzinger only expects demand for such a wide range of activities at a midvalley location to grow.

“It’s the spot for the future,” he said.

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