Silverthorne Town Council to consider Rainbow Park update, beer at Target
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SILVERTHORNE – The new Silverthorne Town Council will hold its first meeting Wednesday, with a new Rainbow Park Master Plan on the agenda.
The meeting will begin with a swearing in of newly elected council members David Preaus, Darrick Wade and Dave Anderson.
The council will consider an update to plans for Rainbow Park, the town’s largest public park, located next to the Silverthorne Recreation Center. The existing Rainbow Park Master Plan is almost 15 years old.
During the public-input process on the master plan update, the park’s back tract, north of the sand volleyball courts, drew the most discussion, according to recreation and culture director Joanne Breigenzer. Suggestions for the area included a dog park, a native-plants garden, a walking path and a BMX park.
The town’s recreation committee members and town staff proposed the strip of land to be a “preserved natural area,” thereby maintaining “an appropriate mix of passive and active recreational opportunities for citizens.”
Though many members of the public embraced the dog-park idea, the focus group guiding the update process determined a dog park would not be appropriate. The group cited concerns of adjacent landowners and a number of public comments opposing the idea.
“We think the dog park or BMX park options would create problems,” one person wrote during the public-comment process. “Both would turn the vegetation into bare ground in a short period of time. Dust would be in the air all summer, and the area would become an eyesore. We also believe these two options would create a howling contest. Whether it be dogs or bikes in the designated area, the local dogs in the adjacent yards would not stop barking.”
Another commenter countered, “Dog park is a great idea! Will keep soccer field cleaner!”
The council will also consider a liquor license application from Target, which is requesting that its Silverthorne store be licensed to carry 3.2 percent-alcohol beer. Should the council approve the license, the store would likely begin selling beer on June 5.
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