Frisco to evaluate Nordic Village
FRISCO – It may take a village to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a village?The town of Frisco will host a public meeting Thursday on the future of the Nordic Village – an expanded version of the town’s existing recreational hub on the Frisco Peninsula.”The (existing building) doesn’t really meet our needs,” said assistant town manager Theresa Casey. “We have a world-class Nordic center there, and when we have thousands of people, we’re putting up tents and bringing out heaters and portalets. There are no lockers or storage areas now.”We have one very small staff office that our concessionaires all share as a locker room, office and kitchen,” Casey added.Two consultants will present a draft plan for public review at the Thursday evening meeting. The firms developed the plan with input from the Nordic skiing and sleigh-ride concessionaires, the Frisco Recreation, Open Space and Trails (FROST) Committee and several other stakeholders.”The ideas heard from the stakeholder groups were a little bit of meeting space, a catering kitchen, more room for the Nordic folks and sleigh ride folks for their operations, a lounge area where you could sit and read by the fireplace. We’ve also talked about a nice firepit where people could gather and visit outside,” Casey said.The concept of a Nordic village emerged in 2001 from the town’s Recreation Master Plan, which identified top priorities for recreational amenities in the town. The proposed village’s location is immediately adjacent to the existing Nordic lodge.”It’s on a nice little crest of a hill, and the views are really beautiful. You can see Buffalo Mountain, Red Mountain and the entire Tenmile Range. That’s our big draw out there,” Casey said.Once the consultants gather public input Thursday, they’ll refine the plan and present a set of options to the town council on Oct. 12. Pending a nod from the council, a bond measure to pay for the project will end up before voters in April or November, 2005. Town officials also plan to pursue some grant money to fund part of the construction.At the earliest, construction of the village would begin in mid-2005, according to town manager Michael Penny.”This year we’re nailing down what to do,” Casey said. “Next year, we’d find the money and put (the project) out to bid if something’s going to fly. But that hasn’t been answered yet.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at email@example.com.
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