Tiger/Dredge Lot: Breck’s future central park?
Summit Daily News
BRECKENRIDGE – On the heels of a decision that broke the hearts of developers hoping to transform the F and Tiger/Dredge Lots into a hotel, Breckenridge is now considering using the space for an in-town park.
“We spend a lot of money to acquire open space on the hillsides,” Councilman Mike Dudick said. “But we’re not spending a lot to create pocket parks in our urban (areas).”
Dudick and other council members said they envisioned a “green space” in the center of town, near the Riverwalk Center and lawn, which might include a playground for families and would officially take at least the Tiger/Dredge lot off the table for developers.
The parking lost on the property with the construction of a park would be offset with new spaces elsewhere, Dudick said.
“Politically, no one could stomach the idea of swapping the land with the developer, so I started thinking, how else can we use this space? (It’s) just a parking lot and it doesn’t look that great.”
The F-Lot is currently used as paid parking during peak times and brings in approximately $160,000 a year.
There aren’t yet any formal plans or even early visions for what a park might look like or estimates of what it might cost, town officials said.
Town staffers are beginning to work on researching the possibilities for the future of the Tiger/Dredge lot, which currently operates as the Riverwalk Center parking lot.
“It might be as simple as us having the necessary people who utilize that parking lot for a variety of things … (sit) down at a table and put up ideas for programming,” Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim Dykstra-DiLallo said. “It’s difficult to say which direction it will go.”
The F and Tiger-Dredge lots, town-owned spaces used for overflow parking, became the center of attention in Breckenridge after an out-of-state developer took an interest in the area as the potential site of a name-brand hotel. The company proposed the council make the land available for free in exchange for the benefits a new hotel would provide the town. The developer argued his proposal would bring new business and additional accommodation inventory to the community.
Though council members later put out a request for additional proposals for the property and listened to three presentations from hopeful builders, they ultimately shut down the idea of a new hotel amid concerns from the lodging community.
But the clamor for F-Lot raised questions about the state of Breckenridge’s existing lodging inventory as well as possible future uses of the parking lots.
“It’s on people’s radar,” Councilman Eric Mamula said at a recent council meeting. “I want to take it off their radar and put it on the radar as a park.”
If the Tiger/Dredge lot were converted to green space, the adjacent F-Lot might still be a viable site for development, Dudick said.
The issue might be discussed further at the town’s upcoming budget retreat, set for Oct. 26.
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