Colorado park overhaul focuses on native landscape elements

Updated Apr 9, 2015
Marina Park Pavilion. Town of Dillon.Marina Park Pavilion. Town of Dillon.

One of Dillon, Colorado’s most popular attractions, Marina Park, is getting a makeover after pine beetles deforested the shore several years ago. The project includes planting more than 500 shrubs, alpine grasses, and several spruce, aspen, chokecherry, maple and blossoming crabapple trees. “We wanted a mix of more native plant material that will thrive at our elevation and climate,” Dillon Public Works director Scott O’Brien told the Summit Daily newspaper. “It’s going to be beautiful and appropriate.”

Work on the park overlooking the mountain reservoir began last fall, as Ceres+ Landscape Architecture drew out plans. Now, Dillon Public Works hopes to bring in Baker and Associates Landscape Maintenance to install irrigation and plant trees and shrubs.

The estimated total cost of the project, including landscaping, fencing, and concrete, is $250,000 and is scheduled for completion June 20. Until then, the park and playground will remain closed.

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