Frisco plans for post office pocket park
FRISCO – Frisco town officials are hoping to create a pocket park in front of the post office this summer, but they have to wait for approval from the federal government before they can move forward.
“It should be a great place to sit and read your mail and visit your friends,” said Rick Higgins, deputy director of Frisco public works.
The park is planned for approximately half an acre – half of which is owned by the U.S. Postal Service – on the northwest corner of Main Street and Madison Though Higgins said he feels confident the federal government will approve the use of the land for the park, “this agreement needs to be finalized for this to proceed.”
Council members have earmarked approximately $50,000 for the project, Higgins said. The Frisco Arts Council also received a $9,000 grant from the Summit Foundation, and Frisco resident Lou Wagner, who wishes to have a portion of the park built in memory of his late-wife, Sandy, has committed $5,000 for the right design, Higgins said.
Drawings still are in the preliminary stages, but Higgins said a waterfall will be the focal point of the park.
“We’re not sure what we’re going to come up with for a design yet,” Higgins said, but it would be approximately 8 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter.
Also in the drawings are sitting stones, a creative play area for children, water fountains – one for humans and one for dogs, a dog tie-up area and gardens.
“A lot of currants, chokecherry, serviceberries, snowberries and cotoneaster – we’re looking at stuff that will attract birds and butterflies,” Higgins said.
Gardens also will include wildflowers and native perennials, he said.
As for the trees that are in the area, “we’re going to utilize as many as we can,” Higgins said, explaining staff plans to save the healthy ones, but the others will go.
Higgins said he should have cost estimates for the project by the town council’s July 16 meeting, when he hopes to present the numbers to council members for approval.
Once the post office approves use of the land and council approves the expense, “then we can rock and roll and start construction,” Higgins said. The park should be complete within 60 days of beginning construction, he said. Town officials hope to see their vision realized this year.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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