Dillon draws plans for Town Park revamp
Another Dillon park will get a facelift soon.
Thanks to a $60,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Dillon was able to take the first step to a new Town Park, hiring Ceres+ landscape architecture to draw initial plans.
“It’s kind of a jewel — people don’t even know it’s there,” said Scott Sones, principal and owner of Ceres+. “Hopefully, it will invigorate the rest of the town.”
The town partnered with Ceres+ earlier this year to help spruce up Marina Park, adding a new pavilion and lots of greenery to the lakeside park.
Two years ago, the firm created a master plan for Town Park based on public feedback, incorporating the most demanded pieces into their design.
The firm’s priority will be to get the entire park to work together from an engineering standpoint and to convert the park’s baseball field into a multi-use field that can host a variety of sports.
Sones will also look to bring more modern playground equipment, with two separate playgrounds for toddlers and older children. He also wants to create an updated pavilion with an indoor area for winter use. Another idea was to create an exercise course around the perimeter of the park, with different activities along each stretch.
“We’re just kind of getting everything more organized, flowing and fitting together,” he said. “We’re making the whole park more useable in different ways.”
Another large demand was to have a separate pickleball court from the tennis courts on the east side of the park.
“Pickleball is a pretty big sport in Dillon … it’s really popular,” he laughed.
Scott O’Brien, public works director for the town, said Dillon would match GoCO’s $60,000 grant with $20,000, to be used for construction design documents for the entire park, a multiuse athletic field and two playgrounds.
“We will have public involvement in this process as well,” he said, noting that there would be another public forum at some point this year.
He added that the town plans to have design work completed by next June, when they will use the drawings to apply for another grant from GoCO to help cover construction costs. Dillon will compete with other parks across the state for the funding and will need to present a solid, shovel-ready project to succeed.
“It’ll be a lot of fun. We’re really excited,” Sones said. “The whole town of Dillon there is an incredible setting. It’s kind of its own entity there away from the chaos in the rest of the county. We’ll be creating a nice nucleus of activity.”
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