Frisco Bay Marina Master Plan
1st Community Conversation on February 8, 2018
2nd Community Conversation on April 12, 2018
Marina Master Plan Adopted by Council on June 26, 2018
Please also make sure your voice is heard by including your input in the Frisco Bay Marina Master Plan Community Survey(closed as of 3/30/18).
Why Have a Marina Master Plan
During the 2015 Town of Frisco Community Survey, 62% of respondents indicated that recreational amenities were the reason they lived in Frisco.The Marina is a major recreational summer destination in Frisco so improving this amenity is important to the whole community.
The Marina is located on the shores of scenic Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado. The reservoir spans 3,300 acres and boasts 25 miles of shoreline. It is the largest water storage facility for the Denver Water Board, and is responsible for 25% of Denver’s drinking water. Storage capacity is 254,036 acre feet.
The Town of Frisco leases 7 acres of land from Denver Water for the operation of the Frisco Bay Marina. The Town of Frisco also owns four lots near the Marina totaling 3.26 acres.
- 1988: Lakefront Park Master Plan was adopted by the Town of Frisco. This plan was prepared by the Frisco Lakefront and Marina Commission.
- 1991: The Frisco Lakefront and Marina Master Plan was prepared by Design Studios West, Inc.
- 1994: The Town of Frisco entered into a lease agreement with the City and County of Denver whereby the Town was granted the exclusive right to occupy and use certain real property and water surface at the Dillon Reservoir. This lease agreement was renewed in 2013 and is valid until December 31, 2024.
- 1994 to 2004: a concessionaire business operated the Frisco Bay Marina.
- 2001: Frisco Bay Marina Master Plan was prepared by Wenk Associates.
- 2005: The Town of Frisco began operating the Marina and continues to operate the Marina at this time.
- 2008: Frisco Bay Marina and Waterfront Master Plan was prepared by the Town of Frisco.
The Frisco Bay Marina operates as an enterprise fund to account for the operations and maintenance of the marina. The major sources of revenue for this fund comes from rentals of boats (53%), slips and moorings (16%), kayak rack rentals (4%) and storage (3%).
The Town of Frisco Wants to Achieve the Following:
As the tourism industry continues to grow in Frisco, the Town of Frisco wants to create physical improvements that will encourage economic growth in the area, while preserving the natural beauty of the area – especially the lakefront.
- Redesign of the Marina office/retail/restroom space.
- Finalize the “Big Dig” project. The Town of Frisco has a Department of the Army permit valid until June 30, 2019, for the “Big Dig” project. This project has been named the “Big Dig” because this project involves significant excavation of the lake bed to improve navigation and expand recreational facilities at the Frisco Bay Marina.
- Incorporate the Community Plan. Town of Frisco staff will be updating the Frisco Community Plan in 2018. In conjunction with Logan Simpson, they will research areas including parking, restrooms, year-round service and programming opportunities, trails and connectivity, flood plains, etc.
How we get to a Marina Master Plan:
As the result of a RFP process, the Town of Frisco hired Logan Simpson to lead the master planning process and process partners include Edgewater Resources, Fellsburg Holt Ullevig and Alpine Ecological Services.
The process will include:
Data Gathering, Inventory and Analysis
- Identify and convene an advisory group (with town staff) consisting of a variety of users including citizens, stakeholders, staff, concessionaires, etc. Kick‐off meeting and follow-up with advisory group and consultant team to confirm process, goals, roles and responsibilities.
- Stakeholder interviews to gain insights including needs, desires, strengths, challenges and opportunities.
- Review of previous master plans and project files.
- Evaluate and review current uses and programming spaces.
- GIS mapping: Inventory of grounds, facilities, docks, racks, concessionaire areas, parking lots, restrooms, park facilities, bike path and future trails, natural resource/wetland areas, downtown, marina entrance, etc.
- Become familiar with other related plans such as the 2017 Frisco Trails Master Plan, Frisco Community Plan, etc.
- A robust community outreach program is expected in order to gain focused citizen participation about this important piece of land. Frisco has used “Community Conversations” as a form of outreach; engaging people through listening, input, polling, and open houses, among other strategies. An early ‘kick-off” to introduce the project, establish a vision for the site, further gain citizen insights and goals including needs, desires, strengths, challenges and opportunities is expected.
- Follow-up outreach after initial planning and final phases is expected.
- Planning the waterfront for access, habitat improvement, recreation, open space/wetland enhancements, economic development, protecting scenic vistas and quality, coordination with the regional recreation pathway and local trails and connectivity throughout Town, and coordination with the Denver Reservoir Recreation Committee.
- Allocation of land uses, including specifics on the “Big Dig” and integration of the office/retail/restroom space. Allocation of land uses needs to take into account the growth potential of the area and the community’s desired growth of the marina.
- Recommendations for improvements, renovations, replacement or addition of amenities/facilities, open areas, picnic areas, play areas, parking, kayak racks, rowing boat racks, and other uses and facilities.
- Evaluation of parking needs, locations, new or revised parking to support marina and parking demands of nearby Main Street. Evaluation of the existing land uses such as boat and trailer storage, tenant parking, kayak and rowing boat racks/storage and suggestions for any relocations to achieve the goals and vision for the marina park.
- Develop conceptual site plans for different uses.
- Evaluate and document site constraints.
- Work with Denver Water Board to ensure compatibility with current and future uses of Denver Water Board lands.
A final master plan document with text, images and mapping will be produced. The plan will assess the current conditions and uses and make recommendations for future projects. The plan will include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Maps – current and future land use allocations for operations, trails, pathways, parking, storage, recreation and services.
- Analysis and description of marina needs, issues and opportunities.
- A formalized plan with maps, images and details for the “Big Dig” project that will include uses for the excavated materials, redevelopment of area(s), new land uses, parking, traffic flow, etc.
- Summary and documentation of citizen outreach meetings and inputs.
- Implementation matrix of priority projects and estimate of probable construction costs.
- Recommendations for future funding assistance including grants.
- Presentation of draft and final plan to Frisco Town Council and public.