New rec path construction to begin today
SUMMIT COUNTY – Recreationists who use the paved trail between Frisco and Farmer’s Korner will not be kicked off the existing path until the new one is built farther back into the forest.
Although the ceremonial hospital groundbreaking on the south end of the Summit County Commons is still at least a month away, crews this week will begin preparing the 12-acre site by chopping lodgepole pines, building roads and constructing a new recreation path.
Bicyclists, joggers, walkers and others this summer will continue to use the existing recreation path between Frisco and Farmer’s Korner while the new path is built. They will not be kicked off the old path until the new path is ready.
Recreationists on the path will have the best views of the hospital construction beginning today and lasting through December 2005.
The existing path winds its way right through the grounds where the 25-bed hospital will be built.
The new section of the rec path will be built south of the existing one, farther back in the forest.
A July opening of the new rec path is tentatively planned.
County officials were hoping for a May groundbreaking, said county manager Ron Holliday. But many Centura officials are out of the country this month.
The celebratory groundbreaking might be scheduled sometime next month, said Holliday in an update to Summit County commissioners on Monday morning at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge.
Crews will make a road into the site from the existing County Commons roads. The site is across Highway 9 from the Frisco Nordic Center and the Peak One campsite.
Although some of the medical campus site is in a forest clearing, several acres of trees will be cut down.
On April 8, the Ten Mile Planning Commission approved plans for a new $50 million hospital and ambulatory surgery center. County officials also approved zoning changes for a medical office building and a community care clinic near the hospital site amid the forest.
The new 113,000-square-foot hospital will replace the existing Summit Medical Center on Summit Boulevard in Frisco. The new hospital will upgrade Summit County from a Level IV emergency center to a Level III emergency center.
Centura and St. Anthony Hospitals said it will take 18 months to build the hospital and surgery center once crews break ground.
For the groundbreaking celebration, Summit County commissioners are trying to track down former commissioners from the past 30 years who also tried to bring a hospital to the county.
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