Basalt’s Triangle Park getting $364,000 makeover |

Basalt’s Triangle Park getting $364,000 makeover

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Workers take a break Friday while adding the infrastructure for a fountain at Triangle Park in Willits Town Center.
Scott Condon/The Aspen Times |

The town of Basalt is aiming to make Triangle Park in the heart of Willits Town Center a more attractive place to hang out.

The town is building a water fountain as a central attraction, adding a stage for special events and removing parking spaces and “bulbing out” the intersection of East Valley Road and Harris Street to make pedestrians more visible and to make traffic slow down.

The project was delayed and scaled back in the spring when bids came in higher than expected. The bids came in at $750,000 and higher, according to James Lindt, assistant planning director. The town originally budgeted $350,000, according to Town Manager Mike Scanlon.

Parts of the original plan were eliminated to reduce the cost. Some seating was scratched, as was infrastructure for a winter ice rink and other curbside bulbs, Lindt said.

“We estimate we’ll spend about $364,000 on it,” Scanlon said.

The fountain is being constructed at the western edge of the park closest to Alpine Bank.

The stage will be built on the southern end, across Harris Street from El Korita restaurant.

The site plan shows that about six parking spaces will be eliminated on East Valley Road near the intersection with Harris Street, across from K’Gen, an Asian restaurant. The curb will be bowed out and landscaping added.

The Basalt Parks, Open Space and Trails Board ranked the upgrades of Triangle Park among the top priorities in a 2013 master plan. The 0.3-acre park was dedicated to the town when Willits development got underway. It is open to the public.

“Triangle Park, though small in size, is viewed as an important gathering space for the surrounding activity,” the master plan says.

The park sees significant activity during lunch. It also has been a popular venue for special events and is supposed to be an even better host after the improvements are completed later this year.