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Dillon Marina Park opens with new landscaping after pine-beetle epidemic

Summit Daily staff report
The playground at Dillon Marina Park. The town recently finished a multi-year renovation project after trees throughout the park were decimated by pine beetles.
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Get your marina Park paver

The new and improved Dillon Marina Park is nearly complete. All that’s missing is a little community flavor. To purchase a customized brick paver, see http://www.townofdillon.com or call Scott O’Brien at 970.262.3408.

All proceeds will benefit future parks, open space and recreational initiatives of the town. All paver purchases are tax deductible.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the brand-new Dillon Marina Park.

The Marina Park — recognized in 2014 as the No. 1 park in Summit County by Best of Summit County voters — opened to the public over the Independence Day holiday after several years of renovations and upgrades.

The latest round of work, which kicked off in April, is part of a multi-year effort to improve upon a unique and special waterfront park, according to town engineer Dan Burroughs.

“The multi-year project was initiated after the pine-beetle epidemic decimated the lodgepole pine trees within the park,” he said.

Dead trees were removed in conjunction with site re-grading, as well as bike path and parking lot improvements that began as early as 2011.

“This year, the work continued with a more formalized park plan, including three designated green-space areas, additional picnic areas and grills and a robust landscaping plan. Landscaping across the park now includes more than 120 spruce, aspen and chokecherry trees.

“Of the trees that remain from the original park, we were only able to save two lodgepole pine trees, including a ‘Charlie Brown’ tree,” Burroughs said. “A wet spring pushed back the timeline on the work, so we were cutting it close; but, we were pleased to open the park in time for the weekend’s festivities” — which included live music and performers throughout the holiday weekend.

“Situated between Dillon Reservoir and Dillon Amphitheatre, Marina Park is truly one of Colorado’s most unique and beautiful settings”, said Kerstin Anderson, the town’s director of communications and marketing. “Come down any Friday or Saturday night for our free concerts, and you will see that the park offers fun for tweens and toddlers and all ages in-between.”

Along with new landscaping and renovated play spaces, the recent round of upgrades also included more seating and park benches with views of the Dillon Reservoir shoreline. All facilities can be rented for private events like birthday parties and family reunions.

The renovated park also now includes a new park walkway, connecting the playground to the Marina Park Pavilion. Over the next few months and years, the town will sell pavers — a big, flat brick — to complete the walkway. The concept was developed by Dillon’s parks and recreation committee and is intended to give residents, visitors, companies and organizations an opportunity to recognize special people, celebrate events and memorialize loved ones though the purchase of an engraved brick paver.

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