A new playground, rock-climbing wall or performance pavilion are the top choices for the design of a new park on Main Street in Breckenridge.
The town recently wrapped up a public survey about whether the new park should be active or passive in design. The park is planned for the empty lot between the Local’s Market and Alpine Bank near the Edwin Carter museum.
The survey asked whether the new park should be passive, with quiet space for reflection and more greenery, or active, with more amenities and activities. Fifty-six people chose active, while 36 chose passive.
The next step, said Breckenridge spokesperson Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, is to have the town staff, including the Recreation and Community Development and Planning departments, conduct a site visit and talk through the options.
“This is just one tool the council uses to make decisions,” she said. “Senior leaders, department heads have reviewed and weighed in, as well as the public.”
If respondents chose “passive” they were asked to pick up to three design priorities including: picnic tables, seating for quiet and reflection, kinetic public art, chess tables or green space with trees, bushes and flowers. Green space, picnic tables and quiet seating were the top choices.
Active voters were asked to prioritize these elements: Bocce ball courts, bouldering/climbing wall or individual boulders, slackline feature, terrain park with railroad theme — short rails for jibbing — musical play garden, splash pad/water feature, small pavilion for performances or a children’s playground. The bouldering wall, playground and performance pavilion were the top three choices.
Community members also left a number of comments on the survey, from the Engage Breckenridge site, and many people expressed a strong desire for public restrooms as well. Others voiced concerns about the litter or animals having picnic tables could bring, and many people wondered how a green space would function in the winter — an ice skating rink was a popular suggestion.
“I would love to have a kids playground on Main Street,” one commenter said. “We live in Breckenridge and often travel to Frisco or Silverthorne for our park days.”
The town purchased the vacant lot from local Robin Theobald, and exploring possible features for the space was the first step toward construction.
“The town staff will put together some drawings and some rough estimates of initial and ongoing maintenance costs,” Dykstra-DiLallo said. The town council will decide on the 2014 budget on Oct. 29.
Survey responders were split on the idea of whether or not there should be parking near the new park as well.
Another user wrote: “I do worry about the eight months a year when flowers aren’t in bloom and snow covers the ground — if it’s just a snow-covered lot without even any parking, it would detract from this area of town.”
There are several other current park projects in town, including the Highline Park — formerly the Rotary Snowplow Park — getting a train-themed playground for children ages 3 to 12.