Wolf Park closes for remodel Sept. 4 | SkyHiNews.com

Wolf Park closes for remodel Sept. 4

Reid Tulley

Wolf Park, Winter Park’s largest park located at 320 Kings Crossing Road, will be closed for remodeling starting Sept. 4.

The work that will take place at the park includes: a remodeling of the inside of the restrooms; installation of swings for older children; leveling of the grass area and installation of a new irrigation system; the installation of directory and nature walk signs; the installation of six fitness stations along the trail through the park; as well as a sunshade for the playground area.

The total cost of the project is $188,000, and the town hopes to have the park re-opened by early next year and the irrigation system and sod in place by June 2013.

“We would ask that people please respect the closure to help get the work done quickly and safely,” said Winter Park Town Planner James Shockey.

The majority of funding for the project comes from a grant provided to the town by Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, which totals $122,990.

The rest of the funding for the project will come from the town of Winter Park, which plans to provide $30,000 in cash and the rest in in-kind contributions.

Wolf Park is considered to be a locals’ park, which does not get as many tourist visitors as other parks in Winter Park such as Hideaway Park located on the main drag in downtown Winter Park.

“You wouldn’t see Brad Paisley playing at this park,” Shockey said.

The park is used by locals as a destination for weddings and other small events.

“We would like to keep this a ‘passive use’ park,” Shockey said.

Wolf park is a linear park, and therefore is a popular place for people to walk through, which is why so much attention will be given to the amenities associated with the trail.

The leveling of the park will be the largest project included in the remodel and will bring the slope of the park up by about 4 to 7 feet to create a more level grass area for people to utilize.

The sunshade for the playground area comes at the request of many Winter Park residents who believe it would be beneficial for children as well as parents, said Shockey.

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