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Avon park upgrades planned

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” Nottingham Park in Avon is the kind of place where you can walk your dog, have a picnic and do a little fishing” and Avon residents want to keep it that way.

Still, there’s room for improvement, and residents want to see better trails, more lighting, more bathrooms and even a small amphitheater at the park, according to a community survey and a series of public design meetings hosted by the town.

Avon is developing a new “master plan” for Nottingham Park to see how it can improve, and how it will fit in with Avon’s future downtown.

In an early draft of the Master Plan, the new Nottingham Park looks much like the current one. What people love most about the park is its most fundamental elements like green open space, walking trails and the lake, and that’s what the Master Plan will emphasize, planners say.

You’ll notice new, more distinct and attractive entrances that tie the soon-to-be-built Lake Street and Main Street to the heart of the park with a promenade.

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There were still be wide open spaces where you can do anything you want, like set up a soccer or lacrosse game or play tag with your kids. There will also be distinct areas where you can have a picnic, play volleyball and have a barbecue.

The most widely used amenity at the park are the trails and walking path ” and many of those surveyed said they need improvement. Planners are recommending better lighting, so people can safely use the park in the evening.

And while most people who took the survey said they didn’t want to see a lot of new buildings pop up in the park, they said a small amphitheater for performances and events would be a nice addition. Planners say a small amphitheater or multi purpose area could be built in the southeast corner of the park

The park should also have easier access to the lake itself, planners say. Right now, it’s difficult to walk to the water’s edge, and with some improvements, it should be easier for visitors to get right next to the shore. Planners are also recommending a new fishing pier on the southwest corner of the lake.

The playground in the park is also due for renovation, planners say.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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