Town of Frisco creates new recreation department
September 8, 2010
FRISCO – To run all the new recreation amenities at Frisco’s Peninsula Recreation Area, the town created its first-ever recreation department. And to get the job done, Lynn Zwaagstra took the helm.
“I think it’s going to be an amazing thing for the community,” Zwaagstra said. “The Peninsula has a huge potential to be a destination.”
Zwaagstra, the former director of recreation for the Town of Breckenridge, will manage the Town of Frisco rec department from the Peninsula’s new day lodge once it’s complete. And she’ll manage anywhere from 15-20 new town employees.
“It’s good for the economy, the town and the county,” Zwaagstra said. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to pull all the recreation amenities together under one umbrella.”
The Peninsula redevelopment project is taking place on an 807-acre piece of land by the Dillon Reservoir. The town owns 220 of those acres where the Frisco Nordic Center sits. After numerous years of research and prep work, Frisco is using the land to build a tubing hill with a magic-carpet lift, a bike park with a BMX area, a beginner terrain park, a new road, and a 4,000-square-foot day lodge by the end of November. A skating rink is planned for a later phase of construction.
According to town spokeswoman Teresa Paul, Zwaagstra will be in charge of this as well as Frisco’s other recreation programs, including the Frisco Fun Club for kids. Matt Hoover, on the other hand, will run all on-site operations. The department is being set up to be run as an enterprise fund, or essentially a separate, self-sustaining town-run business.
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“Hoover will keep everything in order,” Paul said.
The town is also working on hiring a new guest relations manager for the rec department. Paul said the position will be filled shortly.
Though the Peninsula Recreation Project is slightly behind, town officials are still hopeful the new tubing hill will be open in time for Thanksgiving weekend.
SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.