The rushing cold, clear river gurgles and swooshes over smooth stones by shops and under covered walkways lit at night by tiny twinkling lights.
The town of Silverthorne has adapted the Blue River as the fluid centerpiece of its park system. And over the past few months, as town officials and staff have been developing a new Parks Open Spaces and Trails (POST) Master Plan, they learned again and again how important the river is to locals.
The parks department has collected hundreds of surveys, worked with citizen committees, hired a local design firm and held meetings to gather public input on what the POST Master Plan should look like.
“We found out the Blue River is very important to our residents,” said Mindy Nicholds, sports and athletics coordinator for town of Silverthorne. “They really enjoy the river path and the three lakes it connects. They recognize the beauty of the river and want to enjoy all it offers while preserving and protecting it.”
They also discovered the community wanting for a dog park in Silverthorne. Considering the high ratio of dog owners in Summit County, and the fact so many live in apartments and condos, it makes sense a dog park appeared as a need. In the entire county the only official dog park is in the town of Breckenridge’s Carter Park.
Respondents were also interested in the town adding a disc golf course, more fields and an expansion to the city’s skate park, which gets a lot of activity.
SE Group, a design firm based in Frisco, is working with the city on designing on the POST Master Plan.
Silverthorne has put a lot of emphasis on parks, and as a result boast ample green space throughout the community.
Nicholds pointed out a few reasons for the town’s dedication to parks and open spaces.
“We are surrounded by wilderness areas, we have a very active volunteer committee (SPORT) and we have a lot of longtime community members who value these things,” she said.
After more evaluation and research of all the data collected, the new plan should be finalized by mid-September.