If there ever was a labor of love, it was the Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters’ work to purchase and install bleachers at the Conifer High School football field. Parents, students and staff spent …
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If there ever was a labor of love, it was the Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters’ work to purchase and install bleachers at the Conifer High School football field.
Parents, students and staff spent countless hours over eight four-day weekends to build retaining walls, clean the bleachers and install them.
“The fact that we will have these incredible bleachers for fans and our guests and the band to sit in and enjoy the game is amazing,” Conifer principal Wes Paxton said. “This will make a great facility. (The boosters, known as CLUB) are giving back to the school, but to give up that much time for the school is incredible. This is a massive project, a legacy project for years to come.”
The bleachers culminate eight years of work on the CHS athletic field that include the school district putting artificial turf on the field thanks to the 2018 bond, plus CLUB raising money for and installing stadium lights, a concession stand and team rooms.
Colleen Butler, CLUB president, said everyone involved with the bleacher project is breathing a sigh of relief.
“We’re just ecstatic that we have the best seating in Jeffco,” she said. “The amount of time that we have taken away from our own lives and families is exponential. I don’t think anybody knew the amount of work we signed on for. If we had hired someone to do the work, we’d be even more in debt.”
Butler estimated that CLUB raised $90,000 for the bleachers with the entire project including installation estimated to cost $400,000. She said CLUB was indebted to all of the volunteers who helped make the project possible and the businesses who generously donated time and materials, including Elk Country Fence for putting in the final fencing at the last minute, so the bleachers would pass the county inspection.
CLUB bought used bleachers from a NASCAR track, both saving the boosters money and recycling the seats. Plus they are safer and ADA accessible.
“It was an economic solution,” CLUB secretary Katie Bartojay said. “We could have easily spent $300,000 to $400,000 for new bleachers.”
Those who were hard at work included parents who don’t have students at Conifer High School, but they said their children eventually would be there and would be able to enjoy the beautiful field with its accoutrements.
“I have younger kids,” said Dual Schneider, CLUB vice president. “Eventually I will have kids (attending CHS), so this work is important.”
Bartojay, who has a kindergartner, said it’s been wonderful to see the school’s sports complex grow.
Junior Noah Hartmann and sophomore Connor Harrington worked hard to help install the bleachers. They said new bleachers would add to team spirit and bring more people to games.
Butler says it’s a great feeling to see people sitting on the bleachers after all of the hard work.
For Conifer Athletic Director Eric Kragel, a beautiful, well-equipped stadium hopefully will mean more home games for lacrosse, football and soccer.
“We can enjoy our beautiful facilities,” he said, “and show off Conifer High School.”
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