Hangge Fields at Monarch Park

Look for big improvements coming to Fields 5 & 6 with grass being added to the outfields and all spectator areas!

 
 
HANGGE FIELDS AT MONARCH PARK
FIELD INFORMATION
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Located west of 79th Street off of Highway 52 (Mineral Road), Hangge Fields at Monarch Park are located on park land leased from Boulder County Parks and Open Space. A sign marking the entrance to the four fields, Comer Field, Canar Field, Softball North, and Softball South, was constructed and erected by Jay Anderson. Water for the three irrigated fields is provided from a water tap partially donated by Left Hand Water District.

In 1984 Gunbarrel Left Hand Valley Recreation Association (GLVRA, now known as Niwot Youth Sports) acquired land for ball fields at Monarch Park through a seven acre land dedication to Boulder County with the cooperation of Ben House (landowner), Doug Tiefel (developer), Jack Murphy and Buzz Smith (County Commissioners). After rough grading by the developer, backstops, player benches and a temporary ball field fence were installed. The fields were ready for play by 1987 largely through volunteer efforts led by Mike Pearson (Softball Director), Len Schlagel (Fields Director), and Biff Warren (Baseball Director).

Materials were obtained from Churchich Recreation, and final grading was done by Crall & Bowes. Many area businesses contributed to the project through donations and substantial discounts on materials and services.

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Eddie Kucab Flag Pole Locator

Eddie Kurcab Flag Pole


 
Field #1 Locator

Dageenakis Field


 
Canar Field Locator

Field #2 - Canar Field


 
Comer Field Locator

Field #3 - Comer Field


 
Field #4 Locator

Field #4


 
Monarch Field 5 Locator

Field #5


 
Monarch Field 6 Locator

Field #6

Eddie Kurcab Memorial Flagpole

Eddie Kurcab Memorial Flagpole

The Eddie Kurcab Memorial Flagpole was erected and dedicated by Niwot Youth Sports in 1995 in memory of Eddie Kurcab. The father of NYS coach Rick Kurcab and grandfather of NYS player Dean Kurcab, Eddie Kurcab passed away in 1994. The Kurcab family established a memorial fund through Niwot Youth Sports and the proceeds were used to construct the flagpole and surrounding benches. Rick Kurcab and his landscaping company, Rock Creek Landscape, have been responsible for designing and constructing the irrigation systems for all NYS fields, including Monarch Park Fields, Nimbus Fields and Left Hand Valley Grange Field. Much of Rick's time has been donated and he has obtained significant donations and cost savings from vendors of materials used by NYS for field construction. A memorial brick dedication program for a walkway around the flagpole was established in 1995 through the efforts of Phil Garcia, Jay Anderson and Joe and Lori DeMersseman.
Field #1

Dageenakis Field

Canar Field

Field #2 - Canar Field

Canar Field was dedicated as a memorial to Jim Canar. Jim was a coach for what was then Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Recreation Association (now Niwot Youth Sports) until his untimely death in an auto accident in 1979. His wife, Karen (Canar) Simpson assisted in the administration of the baseball league and his son, Jason Canar, continued his baseball career in GLVRA for many years. The Canar family, including daughters Debbie and Terri, established a memorial fund through GLVRA. When the first permanent fields were acquired, the memorial funds were used to purchase materials for construction of the fields. An irrigation system and grass were installed in 1994 through largely volunteer efforts led by Gregg Hangge, Larry Longseth, Rick Kurcab and Dan Knollenberg. Dugouts were built by Gregg Hangge and Tracy Nissen and permanent sideline and outfield fencing were added. Grass and irrigation as well as dugouts and permanent fencing were later added in 1994. Canar Field was dedicated in memory of Jim Canar in 1986. Until construction of Hagen Field in 1997, Canar Field was the largest NYS facility. It has been used for Seniors baseball players ages 13-15.
Comer Field

Field #3 - Comer Field

Comer Field was dedicated as a memorial to Jim Comer and his son, Monte Comer. Monte played baseball in what was then Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Recreation Association (now Niwot Youth Sports) for several years until his untimely death due to illness in 1976 at the age of ten. His father, Jim Comer, later became a baseball and basketball coach for GLVRA when his son Cody began play. In 1984, a heart attack claimed Jim Comer's life. The Comer family established a memorial fund through GLVRA and many donations were received. Comer field was dedicated in memory of Jim and Monte Comer in 1986. The field is used by the NYS baseball program for 10, 11 and 12 year olds, and has been used by the Niwot High School varsity girls softball team in the fall.
Field #4

Field #4

Field #4 is yet unnamed. This field was built as Canar and Comer fields were constructed. Due to constraints of the watering system, there is presently not enough water to irrigate Field #4. Efforts are underway to change from tap water to ditch water in cooperation with George Raffensperger of Taylor Homes and the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School.

Chrisman Building

Niwot Youth Sports is in the process of planning and constructing a permanent storage and equipment and concession building. Jim Chrisman of Chrisman Construction, Inc., has offered to donate construction services and has arranged for donations of most of the materials for the project. Architect Jerry Moore has prepared a site plan and Bill Wright of Drexel Barrell has completed a survey of the site. Jim Martinsen has submitted the application for approval to Boulder County. The building is expected to be 40’ x 40’ and will allow Niwot Youth Sports to continue to maintain the ball fields at minimal cost.