Silverthorne approves plans to improvement Artic Placer and Trent parks
The Silverthorne Town Council adopted master plans for improvements at Artic Placer Park and Trent Park at its meeting on Wednesday.
Mark Wilcox, principal at DHM Design, whose firm was contracted to draft the plans, shared details of the project formulation and efforts to solicit pubic input.
“This has been comment-driven and community-supported all the way,” he said.
Susan Lee, park planner for the town, said there was also a website created to seek feedback from the public.
“The website solicited quite a few comments,” she said.
Feedback related to Artic Placer Park noted that many use the area for dog walking and many families place a value on the playground area.
Planned improvements for this park include expanding the picnic pavilion, adding a grill area and constructing a seat wall by the playground. There will also be a ramp installed for handicapped access.
Plans for Trent Park include upgrades to the fishing pond, relocating the existing bathroom and adding an additional bathroom. There will be a game space, which includes chess tables, ping-pong tables, a bocce ball court and an area for corn hole. Additionally, small areas of the park will be designated for a dog run area and a bike park. The plans also include a picnic area with shelter and a multi-purpose field for sports.
After studying Angler Mountain open space and listening to residents concerns, Wilcox said the goal is to balance conservation with recreation.
“It’s currently used as an unauthorized off-leash dog park,” he said. “The park needs a plan to direct people how to use it.”
Public comments concerning Angler included a resistance to developing the area, adding restrooms, lighting or allowing camping. Most residents want to preserve the open space as a wildlife habitat. There was also opposition to a proposed Highway 9 crossing.
Wilcox said the Angler space will be examined at the next planning commission meeting. He also recommended conducting a separate feasibility study for the proposed highway crossing.
Council member Peggy Long agreed that the Angler space is a sensitive environment.
“I’m intrigued by the wildlife concept,” she said. “I hope the planning commission can revisit this.”
The next steps for Artic Placer and Trent Parks will be to finalize construction cost estimates, at which point grant funding can be sought.
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