New community sand volleyball court unveiled and getting plenty of action at Colton Middle School

The new sand volleyball court at Colton Middle School is finished and open for community games.

The court will be open daily from dawn to dusk through August. During the school year, the court will be closed during school hours, but will be open for evening and weekend play.

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The new sand volleyball court at Colton Middle School is getting plenty of use and will be open from dawn to dusk through August.

Sheryl Irving, whose idea it was to build the court, and who worked diligently to have it completed in under five months, said play is first come, first served. There are picnic tables and benches for seating. Volleyballs are available, but users are asked to put them back in the ball trunk when done.

"Colton High School senior Mikayla Yehle started a volleyball club as her senior project," Irving said. "Many of the high school students began playing and really enjoying the game, and I knew that numerous local families nets up at home. It dawned on me that a sand volleyball court could be a fun and well-utilized addition to our community."

The Colton School District supported the idea and approved the area in the middle school sports complex for the addition of a community sand volleyball court. Irving, along with Sid and Michael Gunter of Gunter's Construction Evacuation, got the project rolling.

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Sheryl Irving readies the first serve on the new sand volleyball court at Colton Middle School.

The Gunters donated their time and equipment to excavate a 40-foot-by-70-foot area, which leaves a 10-foot viewing area around the recommended sand court dimensions of 30-by-60 feet.

Irving began fundraising for the sand to fill the court. The quote for good, clean beach sand, plus the cost of four truckloads of gravel and the road fabric that would go under the sand, nets with secured legs, balls, tarps to cover the sand and other needed amenities came to about $7,000.

With donations from Colton Boosters, Colton Cafe, many members of the Colton community and a $1,000 donation from Colton Volunteer firefighters' association, it all came to fruition.

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