WINTER PARK —One of Winter Park’s premier parks well-used by locals is officially open again after a town update.
“It’s a great improvement for the community, and hopefully the public enjoys it,” said Winter Park Town Planner James Shockey.
Wolf Park reopened July 4, touting a number of improvements including: remodeling of the restrooms, new swings for older children, directory and nature-walk signs, six fitness stations, a sunshade for the playground, resurfacing of the trail, and leveling of the grass and installation of a new irrigation system.
“We love the improvements to the park,” said Linda Parker, a Fraser resident who was playing with her three grandchildren at Wolf Park on July 23. “Especially the sunshade.”
Most all of the work has been completed except for the signage, which should be installed by the end of the month, according to Shockey. “All we are doing now is buttoning everything up and putting the finishing touches on the park,” he said.
The majority of the funding for the improvements to the park came from a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, which totaled $122,990. The total cost for the project was estimated to be $188,000. The town provided $30,000 in cash for the project and the rest of the cost was in-kind contributions.
Wolf Park is considered to be a local’s park and does not see as many tourist visitors as some of the other parks in the area such as Hideaway Park, which is located on the main drag in downtown Winter Park.
“You wouldn’t see Brad Paisley playing at this park,” Shockey said in August of last year, before the park was closed for renovations.
The park, located west of the railroad tracks and most-easily accessed off of Kings Crossing Road, is mostly used for family gatherings, weddings, and other small events. It can be reserved through the Town of Winter Park at 970-726-8081.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334