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Dillon puts parks plan in place

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DILLON – The Dillon Town Council adopted a plan Tuesday evening that provides the framework for the next five years regarding its parks, recreation programs and facilities.The Parks and Recreation Master Plan was put together last year by Boulder consultant GreenPlay, LLC, and was completed earlier this year. The results are meant to provide input to the town’s advisory Parks and Recreation Committee as it considers new projects and improvements for recommendation to the town council for funding.”This plan is intended to meet the needs of current and future residents and position Dillon regionally to build on the community’s unique parks and recreation assets and identify opportunities for new attractions,” according to the plan’s executive summary.The following are some of the highlights from the master plan:

A needs assessment survey of residents, renters and second-home owners showed people would most like to see an indoor swimming pool, performing arts center, internet cafe/coffee shop/arcade/games for a new indoor facility. The most popular new outdoor facility would be a sledding hill, picnic shelters, skating rink or a dog park. Areas of focus should include park improvements, particularly in the Marina, Marina Park and Amphitheatre. Improvements in the Town Park are also needed. The town should explore new facilities like a plaza in the Town Center or an indoor multi-purpose/community building. Pedestrian and bike circulation and connections through Dillon should be improved with more wayfinding signs. There is an interest in expanding social events and programs for both winter activities and year-round cultural arts.

The master plan outlined specific goals for the town, starting with improving existing parks and facilities. The town already has made headway there, having drafted plans for a $429,000 overhaul of Marina Park, including a new destination playground, new restrooms and a new, enlarged picnic pavilion. The town has applied for a $201,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant to help fund the project. Other goals in the master plan include creating a public gathering place or plaza in the Town Center, creating additional outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities, creating more effective pedestrian and bike circulation and connections through town, improving parking options around the Marina and Marina Park, and enhancing land management and maintenance policies and practices.There is no specific timeline for the Parks and Recreation Committee to bring project recommendations forward to the town council, but the committee will visit the council periodically to update council members on their progress. New signs at the reservoir

New signs should start popping up around the Dillon Reservoir soon. The Dillon Town Council approved a $23,789 contract with Columbine Hills Concrete to remove five existing Dillon Reservoir Information signs and replace them with updated versions. The signs explain boating and fishing rules, as well as information about other forms of recreation at the reservoir and restrictions on the water.The new signs will be posted at the Dillon and Frisco marina boat ramps, the Snake River Inlet, the Blue River Inlet, the Giberson Bay boat ramp off the Dillon Dam Road, and the Forest Service boat ramp at the Frisco Peninsula.The town will be reimbursed for the cost of the project by the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee, which manages recreation at the reservoir and is made up of representatives from the Town of Dillon, the Town of Frisco, the Denver Water Board, Summit County Open Space and the U.S. Forest Service.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.

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