Frisco plans to upgrade marina |

Frisco plans to upgrade marina

FRISCO – Frisco town officials are moving ahead with several improvements at the Lakefront Park and Marina, although not all may materialize this year.

As the town enters its last year of major construction in the marina area, council members have reviewed different options for marina improvements – an entry feature, a paddle sports facility and rowing center, a canoe dock and replacement of the marina’s large dock.

Although several local companies responded to the town’s request for proposals for an entry feature, council members decided they would rather wait before spending money on an entry feature.

The proposed entry features ranged from a marina-style sign to an interactive area. But several council members said they had envisioned an entry feature that would span across Marina Road, similar to that at the entrance of the Frisco Nordic Center.

“I think when you have an entry feature you can drive through, it’s inviting,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Dede Dighero-Tuso.

Councilmember Tom Connolly said he was concerned it was too early to select an entry feature for the marina, as Frisco officials recently decided to implement a wayfaring program for the town. Others agreed.

Instead, the town will look into improving the marina’s current sign and, perhaps, adding a flag to the area.

While council members chose not to spend money on a new entry feature, they did agree to start the process to build a paddle sports facility and rowing center for the marina.

The paddle sports facility would be a small structure, near the water’s edge on the way to the canoe dock, that Osprey Adventures would use to store paddles, life jackets and other equipment. The rowing center would be constructed south of the boat docks and would include skull storage, an instructional area and a put-in, take-out area.

Last year, Frisco officials sold town hall to pay for improvements at the Lakefront Park and Marina. But the resulting Certificates of Participation (COPs) can only be used for projects for the public good, and since the paddle sports facility and rowing center would benefit Osprey Adventure’s business, those improvements are not eligible for COP funds, officials said.

Town officials have budgeted $20,000 for the paddle sports facility and $60,000 for the rowing center, but they aren’t sure they can afford to build either this year. Still, council members asked town staff to begin the planning process (which takes about 45 days) and return to council with estimates for each structure. Should they proceed with either project this year, it’s unlikely construction would begin before the end of the summer or early autumn.

The canoe dock, however, would be available both to Osprey Adventures and to the public, so it would be eligible for COP funds. Council members agreed to proceed with its construction this year. They’ve budgeted $18,000 for it.

The town will not replace the marina’s large dock this year, though. Town officials budgeted $120,000 for its replacement but agreed to postpone it until next year.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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