Winter Park officials work out firepit woes |

Winter Park officials work out firepit woes

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

WINTER PARK – Following much debate, town council decided Tuesday, Jan. 18, to retrofit one of the two fire pits at Hideaway Park with equipment better suited to Winter Park’s mountain climate.

The new system will have custom-made steel logs. The gas heats the steel, creating radiant heat. Currently the gas is just heating air and there is nothing to hold the heat, said town manager Drew Nelson. Nelson and Public Works Manager Russ Chameroy met last week with the same contractor who built the gas fire pits at Zephyr Mountain Lodge and Cooper Creek Square.

The existing fire pits were designed more for residential use and haven’t worked properly since they were installed several years ago.

The new system will still be on a timer, saving gas when nobody’s in the park.

The town will also add to its arsenal one large portable log fire pit for special events.

There was some discussion about installing overhead heaters into the gas connection inside the fire pits as a temporary, money-saving alternative, but ultimately council agreed that they need to try to maintain their $3.5 million investment in the park.

“It’s the best place in town for people to gather,” said council member Mike Periolat. “It’s a huge draw.”

The retrofit will cost approximately $5,000 per fire pit. Council decided to see how the retrofit works with one fire pit before approving the expenditure for both.

Improvements to the first fire pit should be complete in about five weeks.

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