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More recreation in store for peninsula?

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Frisco town officials are looking to expanding the Nordic Center lodge for occasions such as the Govenor's Cup when hundreds of people descend on the Frisco peninsula. The town will also consider an ice rink/multipurpose facility and an amphitheater.
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FRISCO – Calling all hockey players, Nordic skiers, figure skaters, disc golfers, soccer players, snowshoers, sleigh riders and concertgoers: The town of Frisco is dreaming up a new hub for recreation with you in mind.The Frisco Town Council gave the OK Tuesday afternoon for a design team to create plans for an amphitheater, ice rink/multipurpose facility and possibly other recreation amenities for the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area. The designs will round out a comprehensive recreation facilities plan that includes a dramatic expansion of the existing Frisco Nordic Center.

Winston Associates, a Boulder-based design firm, will craft the plans during the next four months. The process will include focus groups, several public meetings and market analysis.”I think it’s a solid approach. This community has never been shy about giving us its opinions,” said Winston Associates designer Paul Kuhn, who served as the project manager for the town’s 2001 Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the 2003 Peninsula Recreation Area Land Use Plan.Kuhn’s team will not create designs for a conference center, in light of a recent study by Ford Frick of BBC Research and Consulting, who concluded that such a facility would never pay for itself.

The town will likely place a bond issue before voters in November to fund the facilities’ construction. Designers have estimated that the Nordic Center expansion alone will cost about $6.9 million.Current plans for the Nordic Center (to be renamed the Peninsula Village) contain an 8,500-square-foot Nordic skiing lodge, a 6,000-square-foot hospitality/meeting space area and 3,500 square feet of unfinished space that could someday serve as a spa, classrooms or other uses.The Peninsula Village is designed for year-round use and contains multiple decks and outdoor areas for event spectators.

“It incorporates a lot of things we’ve seen at some of the Olympic sites,” said Gene Dayton, the Nordic center operator. “I think it’s going to be a tremendous asset.”The first public meeting in the design process for the additional facilities will likely take place in late January or early February.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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