Paver project brings engraved names to Dillon’s Marina Park
Brick by brick, Dillon is puzzling together a new walkway featuring pavers engraved with names of loved ones, images and other submissions. As part of a landscaping overhaul to Marina Park, the paver project will feature a pattern of more than 3,000 square and rectangular bricks stretching from the playground to the pavilion.
“Right now it’s all blank, and we have a few that we’ve already engraved,” said Barb Richard, of the Dillon Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. “We just received some more orders.”
The pavers, which can contain both words and photos, will be sold to bring in revenue for future park projects, such as Dillon’s Town Park. The pavers will stay in place for 15 years, with a 4×8 paver for $100, an 8×8 for $250 or a 12×12 for $750.
The idea came together two years ago, when Jason Smith, a former member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, was looking for creative ways to fundraise for parks.
“This is a special place in Dillon and people want to plant roots of their own here,” Smith said. “We thought the paver project would be a great way to do that; we thought it would be a way to leave an imprint on the town.”
One Frisco resident recently bought a paver as a surprise for her wedding reception this September.
“We’re actually doing a post-wedding picnic at the marina pavilion, so I’m trying to get a paver relatively close to that. I want to surprise my fiancé,” she said.
The paver reads, “Eric and Lauren, 9.24.2015. Forever and always.”
Another brick was engraved: “Marko DiPaolo, 2.25.75-4.7.04. Gone Fishing.”
“There’s a lot of latitude; it’s not just names,” Richard added. “There’s a larger-sized logo paver that may appeal to some of the businesses. Someone wanted to put a line drawing on there … I would encourage people to be creative and put something fun in there.”
The walkway would not be the town’s first paver project. Before, the town placed them at the amphitheater to fundraise for summer events, but they were moved after the constant stomping of audiences quickly wore down the bricks.
Dillon Public Works director Scott O’Brien said the town recently engraved eight new pavers, in addition to two honoring a former town council member and a former member of the town’s cemetery advisory committee.
As irrigation work to Marina Park was recently completed, contractors have started landscaping, planting chokecherry trees, aspens, shrubs and alpine grasses along the walkway. Once that work is finished, O’Brien said they would put in picnic tables, grills lighting and benches, with hopes to finish the $250,000 project by the end of June.
With pathways already installed, pavers ordered this spring will be placed around Labor Day. Dillon hopes to sell 200 of the pavers this year, and 70 for each following year.
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