Winter Park " Grand Park will add ponds, creek, trees this summer |

Winter Park " Grand Park will add ponds, creek, trees this summer

Katie Looby
Sky-Hi Daily News

Additional ponds and landscaping will be cropping up along the bike path at Grand Park in Fraser this summer.

Work began last Friday. The primary purpose for the ponds is water retention, says Kristen Laraby, Grand Park marketing director.

Landscaping along the bike trail will run from the edge of Winter Park to Old Victory Road near Bank of the West in Fraser.

Grand Park workers also will plant some of the recently purchased 1,200 trees along the paved bike path and ponds. Trees include aspens, narrowleaf cottonwoods and Colorado spruce.

“It will create a more pleasant atmosphere for hikers, bikers and other trail users, providing shade and a more natural setting,” Laraby said in a prepared statement.

The largest pond will be about 4.3 acres . A chain of creeks will link the ponds, and the largest creek will run parallel to The Village at Grand Park. This will create an “added feature” for restaurants and shops located on the meadow open space, she added.

“The ponds add to the beautification of the meadow and create an enhanced environment for wildlife,” Laraby’s statement says. “Rocks, willows and trees will be arranged around the creek making it ideal for outdoor seating and a kid’s play area.”

Some water will be taken from an old cement ditch, at the development, to a landscaped creek that will flow from the south side of Cozens Meadow north.

Grand Park will release the water into the Fraser River in the fall and winter to keep the flow high, Laraby added.

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