Frisco unveils peninsula plan
FRISCO – Frisco’s Peninsula Recreation Plan received a much warmer reception from citizens now that the golf segment has been removed.
Paul Kuhn of Winston Associates – the consulting group hired to explore possible amenities for the town-owned portion of the peninsula – unveiled the revised Peninsula Recreation Plan Tuesday to an audience of about ten.
Frisco officials hired Winston Associates last summer to create a conceptual plan for amenities on the town property. The amenities included a Nordic village, a sledding hill, a 10-meter ski jump, a multi-use facility/ice rink/convention center, a golf course and an amphitheater.
The consultants completed the plan in October, but town officials never adopted it because the controversial golf issue was scheduled for the November ballot. After opponents won the election, town officials asked Kuhn to revise the plan – without golf.
Tuesday’s presentation was not only to inform citizens but also to get their feedback, Kuhn said. Officials were worried the other amenities were overlooked in the golf course controversy.
The revised plan includes all the amenities but the golf course. Most of the amenities – if developed – would be clustered near Highway 9 to lessen the impact on the environment and vegetation. Developing additional recreation amenities also would require the town build a maintenance facility at the peninsula.
“Anytime you add facilities to a park, you have to make sure you have commensurate maintenance facilities,” Kuhn said.
None of the proposed amenities received any criticism from citizens present Tuesday.
Frisco resident Jeff Hunt said he liked the idea of the amphitheater but was concerned about its proximity to the highway and potential noise problems, but Kuhn compared the site to that of the Ford Amphitheater in Vail, which also is close to the highway.
“I don’t think it would be any worse than Ford Amphitheater,” Kuhn said.
Several citizens were excited at the prospect of a ski jump (Frisco’s last ski jump was closed in the mid-’80s).
“It seems to me it’s an amenity that could really put Frisco on the map,” said
Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli clarified, however, that the ski jump the council envisioned would be made of snow – not a wooden structure – and would be targeted to local youth.
When asked about the potential of building a bigger ski jump in the future, Moscatelli said, “If we build it in a very modest way and (people) come, future councils can look at improving it.”
If developed, the only amenity that would not require a feasibility study – to determine costs, building size, programming details and staffing requirements among other things – is the ski jump.
The town has $30,000 in the capital budget this year for peninsula improvements, said Frisco Community Relations Director Linda Lichtendahl, but the council has yet to determine how that money would be spent.
Before any money is spent developing amenities at the peninsula, however, council members must first prioritize projects, Lichtendahl said, and then determine how the projects will be funded.
“Sometimes to finance we do need to go to a vote of the people, but it’s not absolutely required if council decides on another means of financing,” she said.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com.
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