Pan Fork site is work in progress in Basalt |

Pan Fork site is work in progress in Basalt

Basalt ripped up the former Pan and Fork site last year —sculpting the half closest to the Roaring Fork River for a park and raising the ground level of the half closest to Two Rivers Road for development. The site remains a work in progress.
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The conversion of the former Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park site in Basalt will be a work in progress — one that the Town Council doesn’t want to see hinder efforts to revitalize downtown.

The site is roughly 5 acres. The town owns the half closest to the Roaring Fork River and is turning it into a park. Landscaping and riverbank restoration took place last year. Town Manager Mike Scanlon said the site will be seeded this spring and a gravel trail will be built.

The town’s Parks, Open Space and Trails Committee will work on a longer-term plan for the site, Scanlon said. The park will be established this year but not completed.

Some town officials are banking on the riverfront park being a major draw to downtown. The town government has been focused on revitalization efforts. Councilman Bernie Grauer said he would like to see consideration of featuring public art in the new park.

The other half of the site, closest to Two Rivers Road, is owned by the nonprofit Roaring Fork Community Development Corp. It’s got a business deal with Lowe Enterprises. Lowe hasn’t submitted its development plan, yet, but is working on it. No development will take place this summer.

Mayor Jacque Whitsitt said at Tuesday night’s council meeting that she hopes the site is cleaned up to the point that it doesn’t deter downtown revitalization efforts. Parts of the Willits Town Center development site have sat for years “with big holes and big weeds,” Whitsitt said. “We can’t have that down here.”

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