What is the “Big Dig” Touch-a-Truck Event?
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, the Town of Frisco will host a “Big Dig” Touch-a-Truck event to familiarize the community with the “Big Dig” project at the Frisco Bay Marina. This project is part of the Marina Master Plan, which was approved in June 2018 by Frisco Town Council.
This will be a chance for adults and kids to see, touch and climb into the impressive equipment charged with moving 85,000 cubic yards of dirt out of the lake bed around the Marina; to see the progress at the Marina; and to find out more about this project. Both contractors on this project, Schofield Excavation and Columbine Hills Concrete, will have staff on hand to talk about the equipment they use and how it functions. Free cookies and hot chocolate will also be served to fuel fun and curiosity.
What is the “Big Dig”?
The “Big Dig” in the reservoir’s lake bed is intended to improve navigation; lengthen the boating season; and expand recreational facilities at the Marina, and subsequently, the grade in the bay will be lowered by up to 13 feet in some areas. Construction at the marina this spring will also include relocation and construction of a boat ramp in a new location. The new ramp will have three generous lanes, rather than the previous ramp’s two narrow lanes. The ramp relocation will also facilitate a greater separation between motor boats and paddle sports to improve the experience for all users. An expanded beach area and new sidewalks to increase pedestrian access are also planned for construction this spring.
What are the Possible Future Improvements at the Marina?
In 2020, a new marina rental, retail, office and restroom space is anticipated to be built closer to the water’s edge to achieve a better customer experience. Future phases will likely also address improved park spaces and pedestrian connectivity, with a goal of providing better access to the water; a new restaurant building; playground move and upgrades; improved parking; a boathouse; a dock with power and potable water; and an upgraded boat service building and yard. These improvements will be made progressively over the years, as conditions and budget allow.