Who We Are: Frisco’s new rec director loves variety & challenges
September 11, 2010
FRISCO – It was a passion for all things recreation that brought Lynn Zwaagstra to Summit County five-and-a-half years ago. Her longtime interest delivered her to Breckenridge as the Town’s department director, and now she holds the same position with the Town of Frisco. “I like variety and challenges,” Zwaagstra said. “And I like what I do professionally.”It was her interest in outdoor recreation that started a 20-year career. She entered the recreation industry by attending a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Zwaagstra then went on to be an instructor for both NOLS and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. She also received a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and recreation administration, and a master’s degree in recreation management – her focus was leadership and risk management.
According to Zwaagstra, before coming to Summit County she ran recreation programs for a university in Utah and the Navy in Japan. And she’s also an avid hiker, mountain biker, skier and rafter, along with her husband, Vincent Keane.Zwaagstra met Keane when she moved to Summit County, and they now live together north of Breckenridge in Gold Hill.”We share a passion for recreation,” she said, noting that ice climbing is also a mutual interest. And they also share a five-month-old puppy named Sophie. She’s a golden retriever/yellow Lab mix with big, floppy ears and is already developing a love of hiking. “She’s definitely a mountain dog,” Zwaagstra said.Zwaagstra’s passions also follow a desire to travel and try new things – she resided in Japan for 20 months while working for the military in a civilian position. And, formerly from Wisconsin and Illinois, she’s lived all over the country.
With the recent formation of Frisco’s new recreation department, Zwaagstra agreed to take the helm and now works out of the Town building while her office at the peninsula is finished. “Lynn was hired because she is extremely qualified and showed great enthusiasm for starting a project from the ground up,” said Town of Frisco spokeswoman Teresa Paul.As the director of recreation in Frisco, she’ll be in charge of all peninsula recreation area amenities – summer and winter, and integration of all Town recreation amenities – like the Historic Park, the marina, the ball fields and all rec programming.”Through synergy, we’ll offer better customer service, more consistency in the quality of programs and types of services received, and it will be simpler to get involved,” Zwaagstra said.The new director also hopes to take it a step further by creating a website for “one-stop shopping” for all of Frisco’s recreation amenities and programs.”It’s a very similar position and level of responsibility to my position with the Town of Breckenridge,” Zwaagstra said of her new job.The peninsula redevelopment project – a big aspect of Zwaagstra’s new job – 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. Though the Peninsula Recreation Project is slightly behind schedule, 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.