Winter Park prepares for summer events |

Winter Park prepares for summer events

Workers are preparing Winter Park’s Hideaway Park for summer events, officials say.

“We’re real interested in making sure it’s a good place to have the Blues Festival at the end of June,” said Mayor Nick Teverbaugh.

A group from the Grand County Blue Society is organizing the Blues Festival, the first event of the summer. The one-day event was previously held in Granby. Now, the top blues artists play for two-days in Winter Park.

“There are several events planned for the park this summer,” Teverbaugh said.

“We’re in the process of completely reconstructing the park,” said town Engineer Chuck Swanson.

The park will install an amphitheater, a grassed concert area and irrigation system. The concrete work on top of the wall ” dubbed “the plaza” ” should also be finished.

The town will keep its playground and restrooms open as much as possible during the summer, but the restrooms also will get renovated.

Workers are scheduled to complete the $3.6 million project in November, Swanson said.

The project is intended to draw large crowds to events in the downtown.

Teverbaugh said park officials are doing everything possible to get the park ready for the event, but “Mother Nature always gets the last say.”

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