Seeds planted for Dillon Town Park overhaul
• Top events people wanted bring to or expand at Dillon Town Park:
— Farmer’s market
— Art, culture and music events
— Sports events
• Top 10 amenities at Dillon Town Park:
— Multipurpose sports field
— Pavilion, shade structures
— Improved site furnishings
— Updated playground equipment
— Community programs and events
— Walking, jogging path
— Updated playground surface
— Improved lighting
— Updated hard surface areas
• Top themes for improvement at Dillon Town Park:
— Pavilion and plaza areas
— Multipurpose athletic field, enhancing town greenery
— Playground areas
— Improving Buffalo Street
— Tennis and pickleball courts
— Information compiled from a community survey with 200 respondents.
Improvements to Dillon Town Park may likely incorporate the most popular themes from three concept drawings presented Tuesday during the last public forum at Dillon Town Hall.
More than 60 residents attended the forum led by consultants from Ceres + Landscape Architecture, which has offices in Silverthorne and Dillon, and Zehren and Associates Inc., a design firm with offices in Avon and Santa Barbara.
During the meeting the consultants presented the results of a community survey, which had more than 200 respondents. The consultant team used the information compiled from the survey and the two previous public forums to construct three concept drawings of what Dillon Town Park could look like in the near future.
The survey featured one question that asked what events people would like to see brought in or improved at the park. Overwhelmingly, respondents suggested improving and expanding the Dillon Farmers’ Market.
That level of positive feedback came as quite a shock to many people who attended Tuesday’s forum, including Nanci Campbell who has resided in Dillon since 1962.
“I was here for the community forum in June where 99 people out of 100 strongly opposed any expansion of the farmers’ market at the park,” Campbell said.
Many of those people were business owners who don’t want extra competition or residents who don’t want to see Dillon Town Park turn into a tourist destination, Campbell said.
“The park was initially platted for the use of the citizens and the tourists would go to the marina,” Campbell continued. “I don’t know why we need to do all this to bring in more tourists.”
The only explanation the consultant team could come up with was maybe those who oppose a farmers’ market expansion did not participate in the community survey. That lack of participation could be costly considering the team incorporated ideas to expand the farmers market into all three concept drawings.
Although the consultants are still compiling notes from Tuesday’s meeting, Stephanie McClurg, a landscape designer with Ceres +, said the master plan will also likely include other popular themes, such as expanding landscaping while maintaining the baseball field, constructing a pavilion and plaza space and relocating the playground.
Many of those concepts were featured the in the first concept drawing, McClurg said, but that doesn’t mean all of the themes featured in the first drawing will be included in the master plan.
For example, concept drawing No. 1 designates space for a dog park, which was hotly contested by the community, McClurg said. More popular ideas included building pickleball courts separate from the existing tennis courts and constructing a walking/jogging path on the north end of the park.
“This was just one of the concepts presented,” McClurg said. “People like a blend of all three concepts, which is what we’re going to keep in consideration when compiling our master plan.”
That master plan will be presented during the Aug. 6 Dillon Town Council meeting, McClurg said.
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