At Frisco Marina, low water levels help with $150K project |

At Frisco Marina, low water levels help with $150K project

JANICE KURBJUNsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Janice KurbjunWith water levels low, workers were able to get started on an improvement project at the Frisco Marina this week.

FRISCO – Work started Tuesday on the Frisco Bay Marina’s four-week, $150,000 shoreline improvement project. Certified Marina Manager Phil Hofer said it’s a project that’s been in the works for at least a year-and-a-half, with discussions dating back even further. This is the first of three intended improvements and includes a retaining wall on the northwest side of the boat launch area that provides seating, an additional public launch dock, a canoe and kayak beach launch area and a reinforced shoreline that’s generally safer and less prone to erosion. It’s slated to be completed by mid-November, weather-permitting.”It will finish the shoreline and give it a nice, clean, aesthetic look,” Hofer said. “We have an unsafe and unstable shoreline. This project will benefit the stakeholders.”The new retaining wall runs along the bank by the existing canoe and kayak rental dock and terminates at the concrete boat launch ramp.Hofer had to accelerate the project this summer when he heard Denver Water was going to be significantly lowering Dillon Reservoir water levels to accommodate the Cheesman Reservoir project. Water levels must stay steady to facilitate the work.Hofer had to solidify buy-in from town officials, receive final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, procure permission from Denver Water and get the project out to bid in time for work to begin this fall. Now, stacks of concrete blocks from Fraser and other materials sit at the marina entrance, awaiting installation. The refined sand also comes from Colorado, and local engineering firms, Gore Range Engineering and Pearson Engineering created the project plans. H & F Excavation, from Breckenridge, has the construction contract. Hofer said he pulled ideas from other waterfronts he’s visited. The idea for a bench that runs along the retaining wall came from Fort Pierce, Fla., he said. Conceptual ideas are starting to appear on paper for phases two and three, which he estimates could cost $250,000 and $350,000, respectively. The extended idea includes continuing the retaining wall project on the east side of the boat ramp and around the old highway and establishes two or three new acres of land off of which new docks will extend. It should include a walkway, a handicapped-accessible fishing area, canoe, kayak and rowing club storage and possibly another sandy beach launch area. Eventually, the area south of the marina “will be returned to nature,” Hofer said. Because it’s an enterprise fund, all Frisco Bay Marina projects are funded by income from tourist rentals as well as long-term marina users. The enterprise fund designation requires all earned money to be reinvested in marina improvements and operations. SDN reporter Janice Kurbjun can be contacted at (970) 668-4630 or at

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