Hayden park hits budget restraints

Dry Creek in second phase; town wins grant for planning

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Hayden awarded grant

Hayden's future parks planning will be aided by a $30,000 grant awarded last month from Great Outdoors Colorado.

"We will be hiring a firm to design a master parks, trails and open spaces plan for the Hayden area," Director of Parks and Recreation Kathy Hockett said.

Hockett said the town of Hayden will be provided $10,000. She said a request for proposal for the master plan would be issued in the next couple weeks.

Town Manager Russ Martin said the master plan would help the town plan for future growth and give developers a better idea of what the town hopes to see.

— When it comes to Dry Creek Park, Hayden town officials are hoping slow and steady will win the race.

Ultimate plans for the park include amenities such as a street hockey court, climbing wall and amphitheater, but residents should expect only modest improvements in the near future. Director of Parks and Recreation Kathy Hockett said only one of three baseball fields and an enclosed building will be complete by next summer.

The park is in its second phase of development. An irrigation system is being installed throughout the park, which is south of the Routt County Fairgrounds.

In addition to the baseball field and building, Hockett said the town hoped to have a playground, horseshoe pits, portable fencing and chain-link fencing installed by next summer. Cost overages of about $40,000, however, required those items be delayed. Hockett called the overages "unforeseen necessities" and stressed the importance of making sure the park's foundation was completed correctly.

"Patience is key," Hockett said.

Town Manager Russ Martin said the overages are mostly the result of a large pond that was not part of the park's original design, but became a necessity because a large amount of dirt is needed to level out the ground where the baseball fields will be constructed.

The enclosed building the town hopes to have complete by next summer will house a concession stand, storage, offices and restrooms and have an attached picnic structure. The town is accepting bids for the construction of the building, and Hockett said she hopes more local contractors will come forward.

"It's something a local contractor could take a lot of pride in and we would do a lot of advertising for that contractor," Hockett said.

The building is designed to look like the town's historic train depot, part of an effort to incorporate symbols of Hayden's history into the park. But Martin said there is not enough money available to make that dream come true immediately.

"It will not be finished the way it was designed," Martin said.

Martin said there is $250,000 to $300,000 left in the budget for this phase of the park's devel-opment. Realistically, Martin said, the depot-themed building as designed would cost closer to $1 million, so some of the building's features will have to wait.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210

or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

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