Frisco wins grant for peninsula bike park
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FRISCO – Plans are moving forward in Frisco for its peninsula recreation area to include an 18-acre mountain bike/BMX bike park, aided by a $200,000 grant recently awarded to the town by the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board.
The bike park will be part of Frisco’s expanded peninsula recreation area, offering an enlarged skate park, a new lodge, a jib park and a tubing area. The 220-acre peninsula project will likely cost the town around $5.5 million. Town manager Michael Penny said he hopes construction will start as early as April 15.
“Now we can definitely build (the bike park),” said Frisco’s senior planner Jocelyn Mills. She said she’s currently working out planning and building details for the “unique” venue that will include off-road trails and terrain for both mountain and BMX bikers spanning all ages and skill levels.
“This project is a 2010 priority,” Penny said. He also said that the project won’t be “recreational sprawl.” The bike park will be placed where the tubing park operates during the winter months. If construction stays on schedule, the tubing park could be open for next Thanksgiving.
An ice rink – along with a corresponding building – is also part of the plan. It won’t be built until the second phase of peninsula development – currently scheduled for 2015.
Operational aspects for the peninsula development project haven’t been firmed up, Penny said. But the area would likely operate like a recreation center, with memberships and locals deals. The area will likely be staffed by town employees.
New facilities and parking options built into the peninsula recreation area may even allow Frisco to host future events and competitions.
“We’ll see what different councils want to do,” Penny said.
The Town of Frisco is also working with the U.S. Forest Service to put up signs marking mountain bike trails in the area. Frisco also has a special use permit from the Forest Service on 565 acres of national forest land next to the town’s recreation area.
Penny said the town is working closely with the Frisco Nordic Center regarding operations and trails, and sleigh rides will also continue in the area.
For more information about Frisco’s peninsula project, visit http://www.friscogov.com.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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