Frisco kayak park closer to reality
Vail CO, Colorado
FRISCO – Construction is expected to begin in the fall to create a whitewater feature for kayakers in Ten Mile Creek near the trailhead parking lot.
The ideal dates for use, because of the water run-off, will be from May through July and the goal is for it to be ready next spring, said Jocelyn Mills, senior planner with the Town of Frisco.
To create the whitewater feature, rocks will be reconfigured and bank improvements are planned. Basically, it involves making a “more fun feature for kayakers … more of a challenge,” Mills said, adding that it will likely improve fishing as well.
The project will not change the level or appearance of the creek, but it involves restructuring a fish habitat that was built there in the early 90s, she said.
About three years ago, the idea for the project came up and the town has been working ever since to get the necessary permits. Currently, they are waiting for Colorado Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approvals. Town officials are hoping to have both in hand by this summer, Mills said.
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Bidding is expected to take place this summer for this first phase, and Frisco Town Council has allocated $100,000 in the budget for the Ten Mile Creek Kayak Park.
The second phase of the project would involve putting in a second whitewater feature. However, it would require an approval from homeowners adjacent to the project. This part is farther up the creek toward the pedestrian bridge, Mills said.
Town officials will be working with the Woodbridge Home Owners Association to find out if they will be able to proceed with the second phase of the project, Mills said. Each part was designed as a stand alone feature in case it doesn’t go through.
Another project with Ten Mile Creek that town officials are looking into is a trail along the creek. They are just in the beginning stages of the project that will also involve talking to nearby property owners.
Currently, during the summer months, there is an informal trail along this section of the creek from West Main Street to Madison Avenue.
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