Frisco digs in on peninsula redevelopment project |

Frisco digs in on peninsula redevelopment project

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FRISCO – Redevelopment is finally under way on the Frisco peninsula, but it’s not impacting public access to the popular recreation spot.

The peninsula is an 807-acre area of land by the Dillon Reservoir, and the town owns 220 of those acres where the Frisco Nordic Center sits. After years of research and prep work, Frisco is now well on its way to using the land to build a tubing hill with a magic carpet, a bike park with a BMX area, a beginner terrain park, a new road, and a 4,000-square-foot day lodge by the end of November. A skating rink is planned for another phase of construction.

Despite all the work going on at the peninsula, Frisco’s public works department assistant director Rick Higgins said the area remains largely open to locals and visitors. The disc-golf course and skate park are open, and bikers and hikers have access to almost all the trails. Both campgrounds are also open throughout construction, and the sports fields are available.

“There could be some changes in traffic flow from time to time,” Higgins said. “We’re doing our best to maintain access by the public. There could be short construction disruptions or inconveniences, but overall it should run smoothly.”

Work in the area is being done on erosion control, clearing, top soil salvaging, and grubbing and milling of the roadway. Workers have additionally started doing cuts on the new roadway, and they’re digging the foundation area for the new day lodge.

“We’re very early, within the first couple weeks of actual construction,” Higgins said, noting that new project will take up to 30 weeks. “Right now we’re doing our best to maintain the existing roadway system. During the week of June 21, the entrance will move during construction to the top of the hill closer to the hospital. That will be the entrance for three weeks to a month, and eventually it will become the primary entrance to the peninsula.”

For more information, questions and concerns, call (970) 668-0836, ext. 1315.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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