Hey, Spike! follows Breck Village gazebo to Salida
History is on the move in Breckenridge, and it’s going south — to Salida.
That gazebo in the center of The Village at Breckenridge, at the base of Peak 9 near the Maggie Pond, is being dismantled by a crew directed by Bob Larrabee of Frisco’s Independent Builders.
Built around 1995, “The Village Gazebo” was the social event focal point, surrounded by the Antero, Shavano and Wetterhorn buildings, with Peak 9 Inn (Liftside) and Chateaux nearby.
In a bit of irony, when the structure is reassembled down in Salida, it will be in the shadow of Mount Shavano (14,229’), known for its “Angel” crevice; Mount Antero (14,275’) is also in the Sawatch Range.
The Village at Breckenridge was developed in 1981-84, and is made up of 235 residential owners/units and 28 commercial units owned by two entities, according to Michelle Tuxhorn, HOA office manager.
The homeowners association is headed by board President Harry Bayne.
Joining her in overseeing the large complex are GM Nathan Nosari and operations manager Tim Van Der Vaart.
The gazebo, featuring a single fire pit, has been used for weddings, family gatherings, meeting spot for different groups, owner and guests.
“Some are sad to see the gazebo go, but excited to see the new plaza,” comments Michelle. “HOA board member Gary Ihas says, ‘It is the end of an era.’”
The relocation about 100 miles south in Chaffee County came because The Village is starting a major plaza renovation and the gazebo is being removed to maximize space for future events and programming.
“In place of the gazebo will be a beautiful compass rose made out of colored pavers,” explains Michelle.
The large project includes the plaza renovation, waterproofing and new snowmelt system, along with concrete banding and colored pavers and three individual fire pits, she adds.
When Spike! learned of the dismantling, the 38-foot in diameter gazebo was thought to be headed into the hands of the city of Salida.
Initially, that was a tentative plan.
“We did look at it,” says Salida arts and recreation director Theresa Casey, who earlier worked for the Summit towns of Frisco and Silverthorne. Theresa works with city manager Dara MacDonald, once a Frisco town planner.
“City council determined that we would not take it. A local builder has been contacted and is interested, but I do not know if he and the Village folks have come to an agreement.”
Apparently a deal has been struck.
Now the gazebo will become part of a real estate development there by Natural Habitats, owned by the Tom Pokorny and Dan Thomas, who have designed and built environmentally sound enclaves down there along the Arkansas River.
Dismantling of the gazebo by Bob and his crew of six — Mac, Turbo, Mighty Quinn, Billy, Timmy and Rosy — started April 5, with tear-down completion slated for yesterday or today.
“The gazebo’s new home will serve as the showpiece and gathering area of Confluence Park — a new park at the confluence of the Arkansas and South Arkansas rivers in Salida — within the proposed Two Rivers development,” Tom says.
Two Rivers is a 40-acre mixed-use development of approximately 150 housing units comprised of apartments, live/work spaces, townhouses, small houses and large river-front lots.
“Bob has agreed to come and help supervise the reconstruction as needed,” says Tom. “Also, he has agreed to come celebrate the opening party under the gazebo, where our mutual musician friend, Trevor ‘Bones’ Davis and band, will be playing.”
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org
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