Building planned in Botanic Park

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— Plans for a new headquarters building at Yampa River Botanic Park have been submitted to the city's Planning Department, and the proposed building already has a name.

"Park board members and the staff aren't calling it the office," said Ernie Jenkins, parks supervisor for the city of Steamboat Springs. "They're calling it the Trillium House." A trillium is the white flower on the Yampa River Botanic Park's logo.

Chris Wilson, director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services for the city, has filed an application for a development permit. Tentative plans call for a 1,440-square-foot building that would be built on a parcel of land donated by Bob and Audrey Enever. The Enevers also donated the original land for the botanic park. The parcel in question is at the southern end of the park and northern edge of the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park, which also is owned by the Enevers.

Jenkins said the new building will occupy a lot that was occupied by an older mobile home that was removed in the past. It occupied a corner where the botanic park and trailer park come together.

The Enevers are providing formal permission for staff vehicles to access the building through the mobile home park, according to documents on file at the Planning Department.

Preliminary elevation drawings prepared by Ed Becker of Mountain Architecture Design Group show a timbered building with a gabled entrance and rock work around the base. It would be fronted on the north by a large stamped concrete patio that would address the botanic park along one of its existing internal trails.

The building would offer a small meeting room, information center, conference table and an office with two workstations. It would have permanent restrooms. A second-story loft would include room for living room furniture and storage.

- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilo.com

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