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Town of Silverthorne to get a jump on improvements to many amenities

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Dillon Valley two year old Ethan Casias enjoys the swings at Rainbow Park Tuesday afternoon.
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SILVERTHORNE – The small window for construction is about to open in Summit County, and the town of Silverthorne isn’t wasting any time getting work under way on several of its planned summertime projects.– The town will spend $90,000 to overhaul the 20-year-old Trent Park Tennis Courts. The asphalt courts will be replaced with post-tensioned concrete, which holds up better over time, public works director Bill Linfield said. The fencing and nets will also be replaced. The project will take about six weeks. The concrete work is temperature dependent so Linfield isn’t sure when construction will begin, although he said the town would like to have the courts reopened for the second half of the summer. The work was budgeted this year as a special project.

— The field at Rainbow Park will be improved by a $10,000 project that includes top dressing and overseeding to rejuvenate the grass. The irrigation heads will also be replaced with a system that provides more efficient water use and smaller irrigation heads, which will be safer for people utilizing the field.The park is primarily used on a drop-in basis by people with kids or dogs, but is sometimes used by the High Country Soccer Association for games or rented out for family reunions or other gatherings.”That field has gotten so much use over the past two or three years, we felt this was the right thing to do to bring it back to the level it needs to be,” Linfield said.

The field will have to be closed for the duration of the project, but work cannot begin until it dries. At that point, the town will construct a temporary fence around the field. Linfield said the hope is to get started by the end of April.– After spring runoff, the town will put its $120,000 Colorado Division of Wildlife “Fishing is Fun” grant to use by improving the fish habitat in three areas of the Blue River – behind 7-Eleven, behind town hall and through The Ponds housing project. The town is in the final design process with a contractor, but Linfield said the project will be similar to 2003’s Blue River Restoration Project, which narrowed streambeds and created pools, riffles and eddies to compensate for low water flows.

— The town will also spend about $400,000 on budgeted road projects during the summer season, Linfield said. Most of the work will be minor reparations of potholes and completing overlays, but people should notice some improvements on Rainbow Drive and Golden Eagle Road.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com


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