Frisco to consider refined peninsula plans for recreational amenities |

Frisco to consider refined peninsula plans for recreational amenities

FRISCO – Paul Kuhn, senior associate with Winston Associates, returns to Frisco Town Council’s worksession today to further discuss possible amenities for the town’s portion of the peninsula.

Frisco hired Winston Associates – a consulting firm – to explore land planning options on the peninsula.

Council members directed the consultant to explore how, and if, their chosen top six recreational amenities would fit on the town-owned property. Those amenities include; a Nordic village (two to three additional buildings providing support facilities), a sledding hill/ski jump, a multi-purpose ice rink/performing arts/ convention center, a golf course, an amphitheater, and summer/winter trail network improvements.

At the council’s July 16 worksession, Kuhn presented five preliminary options – or concepts – for the land, including one with an 18-hole golf course. Council members voted against the option with an 18-hole golf course because it left little room for any of the other amenities.

Councilmembers Rick Amico, Dede Dighero-Tuso and David Amli said they preferred Concept C (with modifications), which would include a 9-hole par-3 golf course located mainly on the northeast portion of the land, a multi-purpose convention center/ ice arena closer to Highway 9, a Nordic village, a 10-meter ski jump, a sledding hill and an outdoor amphitheater to accommodate 1,500 people.

Mayor Bob Moscatelli said he preferred Concept D – which did not include a golf course.

As a result, many have presumed he is opposed to a golf course on the peninsula, Moscatelli said. But he said he chose Concept D for its layout of the various facilities, not because it lacked a golf course.

Councilmember Tom Connolly, who was not present at the July 16 worksession, also favored this option.

“He and I chose D for the same reasons,” Moscatelli said. “We were looking at what was on the concept, not what was not on it. A lot of people jumped to the conclusion … that I favored no golf course.”

Moscatelli said while he is not a golfer himself, he does not want to prohibit the possibility of a golf course in the future, should that be the desire of Frisco residents.

“I will support any plan which preserves adequate space for a 9-hole course in the future,” he said.

Councilmember Jon Zdechlik was undecided at the July 16 discussion and remains so. Zdechlik said he is unable to choose a preferred option without more information – specifically cost of the various amenities and the impacts developing the area would have on its current trail system.

Councilmember Bernie Zurbriggen was not present at the last discussion and said if he had been, he would likely have chosen Concept D.

“I have a lot of friends that are golfers and what I’m hearing is if you’re going to do a 9-hole golf course, don’t bother,” Zurbriggen said.

But Zurbriggen said he’s not sure which of those five options he prefers.

“I don’t know that I have a real strong opinion one way or another at this point,” he said.

Kuhn was directed to further develop Concept C, considering suggestions for modification from council members.

Assistant town manager Theresa Casey said Kuhn has since refined Concept C (now known as the preferred concept), and will present it to council members today and ask for their input.

Casey said town officials hope to have a final plan ready for consideration at the Sept. 17 council meeting.

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