Frisco felling trees for water tank |

Frisco felling trees for water tank

Jane Stebbins

FRISCO – Frisco town officials are not building a golf course.

At least not yet.

Scores of trees have been cut on town property on the Frisco Peninsula – to make way for a 1 million gallon underground water storage tank.

“They can quit panicking,” said Dave Koop, water operations foreman. “We’re very aware of peoples’ feelings about the peninsula. The pipeline went in last year and nobody said boo, but when the trees started coming down last week, I knew we’d get some calls.”

Additionally, trees in other parts of the peninsula are being felled to help prevent the spread of pine beetles in the area.

“People put all these things together, and they think there’s a big plot going on,” Koop said with a laugh. “Two plus two does equal four on this one.”

The tank has been in the town’s plans for a long time, said Assistant Town Manager Theresa Casey. It’s being built to supplement the town’s water supplies during periods of high demand and for fire protection supplies. The location was selected because of its elevation.

The town of Frisco gets its water from the North Ten Mile Creek, several wells in town – some of which provide more than 1 million gallons a day – and a storage tank on the Dillon Dam Road.

Work on the peninsula – including clearing trees, excavating a hole, building the tank and burying it – will cost an estimated $1.4 million and is hoped to be complete by early November. It will be filled gradually after that.

Since the trees have been cleared on the ridge overlooking the lake, the site is likely to become a popular meadow for people to picnic, Koop said.

“The trees to have to go to make a hole in the ground,” he said. “And it’s being built into the side of the hill. It’s not like this big huge ugly thing you can see from the road. When it’s done, it’ll be a flat meadow on top of the hill. We’ve tried to be as sensitive as we can be.”

Bikers using trails in the area have run across the site and expressed concern that the town is forging ahead with construction of a golf course. Town officials and residents have long debated whether to build a course on the peninsula, but no plans are in the works to do so.

Town officials recently agreed to conduct a study to determine what recreational options might be available on their land on the peninsula.

Frisco council members last month narrowed down a list of possible recreational amenities for the 219 acres of town-owned land on the peninsula. The original list of 17 was culled to six, including a Nordic village, a sledding hill/ski jump, a multi-purpose ice arena/performing arts and convention center, a golf course, summer and winter trail network improvements and an amphitheater.

A search is under way for a consultant to begin conceptual planning.

“Town officials are interested in seeing the land plan,” Casey said. “Once that’s done, they have another decision: whether to move forward or not.”

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