Winter Park focuses on advancing Hideaway Park project before the snow flies |

Winter Park focuses on advancing Hideaway Park project before the snow flies

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

With the summer season now coming to a close, the Town of Winter Park wants to concentrate on pushing forward its Hideaway Park project.

At the Town Council’s Tuesday meeting, Winter Park Town Manager Dave Torgler told the Town Council members that a meeting is needed to work out the details on the project between the town and the project’s main contractor, ECI of Loveland.

“We want to make sure we’re all on the same page,” Torgler said. “There have been changes made over the course of the summer. Now that all of this summer’s events are over, we hopefully have two months to get things done before the snow comes.”

Torgler explained that ECI had successfully worked around this summer’s concerts and weekly events at Hideaway Park. However, some confusion and “lack of communication” resulted from the “start-and-stop work schedule” and the changes made in the park’s design over the summer.

“We want to be in synch with each other,” he said.

To accomplish that, Torgler suggested a meeting be held with ECI on Thursday to hash out the details for this fall’s work. The council also decided to designate former Mayor Nick Teverbaugh as its owner’s representative to oversee the details of the project with ECI.

The Hideaway Park project’s goal is to eventually expand Winter Park’s downtown park into a permanent facility that includes an amphitheater with comfortable seating where summer concerts and other events can be held. In the winter, the facility will also have a permanent sledding hill for the public’s use free of charge.

When completed, Hideaway Park, will also include a paved plaza, shelters, picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms, potable water, paved paths along Vasquez Creek and a children’s playground. A skateboard park and climbing wall have already been constructed at the park.

In other business, the town council approved the final plat for Hideaway Pines Condominiums, a 10-unit development on two lots. It also granted an easement to Mountain Parks Electric to bury electric lines within town-owned property and rights of way to service the Hideaway Pines condo project.

During other discussions Tuesday, Town Councilor Vince Turner suggested the council look into the feasibility of installing solar panels at Town Hall to improve its energy efficiency and “go green.” If it proves to be a workable idea, he said it could be included in next year’s budget and the town would “recover the cost of installation through energy savings and set a good example.”

The Town Council approved Councilman Jimmy Lahrman’s proposal to begin all future meetings with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. He also suggested council members contact the local radio station and request time on the air to make public service announcements.

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