Winter Park closes in on final design details for Hideaway Park |

Winter Park closes in on final design details for Hideaway Park

Winter Park town council members held a workshop Tuesday to further discuss the design of Hideaway Park.

Representatives for the design of the park were present to share ideas and accept decisions about color scheme, fencing, and designs for the park’s fire pit and playground area.

Phase 1 of the $1.2 million (to date) project has been completed, and an architecture firm is working on the design of the park’s shading structures, which are planned to be implemented in the spring.

While an exact color scheme wasn’t decided yesterday, the consensus among board members seems to be leaning toward a natural look, such as sandstone and wood stained cedar. The park will also contain a fire pit, possibly lined with large, natural rocks for seating, and play boulders ” natural rocks with features that allow children to climb them. A design for an entryway to the park was also presented.

2008 Budget hearing extended

Town council approved a motion to extend the 2008 budget hearing to Dec. 18. The 2008 budget was not ready to review last night. A meeting to introduce the budget to the town board will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Winter Park Resort asks for water to make snow

Town Councilman Vince Turner told the board that Winter Park Resort is requesting that users who own a contract right in the Clinton agreement (a contract right for water) waive that right for a particular amount of time so the ski area can divert the water to make snow.

The resort had a late start in snowmaking this year, due to the warm weather, and therefore was not able to make snow using its water right, which was only available on two specific days.

Clinton agreement water users include local water and sanitation districts in Winter Park, Fraser and Granby, and Denver Water. The water rights are related to the Clinton Reservoir in Leadville.

Clinton agreement water users will be meeting to approve the use of Clinton water for late-season snowmaking at the ski area, Turner said.

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