North Pond Park improvement work begins today
SILVERTHORNE – Six years ago, the town of Silverthorne installed an old Summit Stage shelter to act as a makeshift warming hut at the plain North Pond Park by the elementary school.”From 2000, we’ve been using it as a passive, temporary park with the hopes to someday being able to develop it a little bit more, make it a little bit more appealing and user-friendly,” said town director of recreation and culture Tammy Jamieson.The time has come.Today Columbine Hills will break ground on a $900,000 project to revamp the park, which serves as a popular catch-and-release fishing hole in the summer, and well-used ice skating rink in the winter. Work is expected to be done in September. Plans call for two floating fishing docks, a picnic pavilion, a 25-seat amphitheater, a paved parking lot, a fire pit and a warming hut with restrooms.Conduits will be placed on one of the docks in order to lay the groundwork for future lighting on the pond for night skating. But that won’t happen right away, Jamieson said.”Until the demand from community or usage number dictate that to us, the park is going to be open from dawn to dusk unless there’s a special event,” Jamieson said.The park will connect with the Blue River Trail to allow access to a section of the Gold Medal status Blue River behind The Ponds development that was restored last summer to improve the fish habitat.Both the North Pond Park improvements and the river project are two pieces of the Blue River Experience, a network of trails, parks and open spaces centered around the town’s prized asset.The town is working with a $1.67 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to help make headway on the project.A third piece that the grant will help fund is acquiring about 10 percent of the land needed for the Blue River Trail, which will eventually link town hall with the North Pond Park.The park will not be officially closed this summer, however, the town is encouraging people to cast their fishing lines elsewhere this summer to avoid the construction zone. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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