Legacy Stadium, located at Cherokee Trail High School, could be open to coaches and athletes as soon as June 15, 2020, the Cherry Creek Schools district announced Monday. The district has a ‘tiered’ opening to its facilities in place. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Cherry Creek Schools facilities will begin to open for athletics and activities June 15 the district announced Monday.

The district — which on the high school level is made up of Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill — originally planned to keep its facilities closed until June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but moved up its timeline in light of the loosening of restrictions in Colorado.

“We know how important activities and athletics are to the physical, mental, social and emotional well-being of our students,” CCSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried said in a statement. “Our number-one goal is to reconnect with kids and allow them to participate in sports and activities this summer in a safe and responsible manner.”

Indoor facilities such as Overland’s gym will open later in the process for the Cherry Creek School District, which plays to begin opening facilities on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Courtney Oakes Sentinel Colorado)

CCSD facilities will open up in a ‘tiered’ fashion and under ‘strict guidelines’ in terms of adherence to recommended health protocols according to a district statement.

Several local basketball coaches reached out to the Sentinel to say they understand that indoor facilities such as gyms won’t be open until the end of the month.

Eaglecrest co-athletic director Vince Orlando is looking forward to seeing his school’s campus come back to life with athletics and activities at the proper pace.

“The main thing is just to get kids connected and re-engaged again with coaches,” Orlando said. “We’re going to start slow and follow all health and safety guidelines and go from there.”

Aurora Public Schools had the same timing in place as Cherry Creek Schools initially, but athletic director Casey Powell said the district is staying on course for a July 1 opening.

Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green issued some vague, though encouraging words for prep athletes and parents last week when she said that the organization’s staff “will begin constructing safety and implementation guidelines to resume all athletics and activities, including football, beginning this fall.”

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports