Maryland Creek Park is open for adventure
Published July 31, 2019
You’ve heard the buzz, now let’s talk details. The Silverthorne Pulse caught up with one of the Town’s SPORT (Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails) Committee members, Suzanne Reed, and Recreation Center staff member, Mindy Nicholds, to get the latest and greatest on Silverthorne’s newest and largest park.
Located just north of town along the west side of Highway 9 near the entrance to Summit Sky Ranch, Maryland Creek Park boasts over 20-acres. The design and amenities of this sprawling park were guided by oversight from Silverthorne’s SPORT Committee; a Parks, Open Space, and Trails (POST) plan; and feedback directly from its most passionate patrons, you! Maryland Creek Park is now open and has been a hot spot for community members, of both the two- and four-legged varieties.
At Its Core
Maryland Creek Park offers a stunning mountain view and blends into its environment while giving a nod to the ranching and mining culture of its surroundings. In the park’s core is a multi-use, open-air pavilion perfect for concerts, with nearby tables and grills great for picnics. Across from the pavilion is a warming hut with tables and restrooms that will be open year-round.
A Barks Delight
One request the SPORT Committee heard loud and clear from the community was for the park to include a play area for pups. Complete with a doggie water fountain and both large and small dog areas, Silverthorne’s first dog park is already generating barks of delight and tail wags of excitement from its visitors.
Scooby Shots Abound
No, we’re not talking about the dog park anymore. But thanks to the park’s nine-hole disc golf course built to the professional disc golf association standard, more Silverthorne residents will get schooled on disc golf lingo like “scooby shots.” According to SPORT member Suzanne Reed, the disc golf course was a top request from community members as well.
The beginner/intermediate course blends into the natural topography featuring a variety of terrain and most of the nine holes have two basket options. For those wanting to try it out, the Silverthorne Recreation Center will be providing a limited number of loaner discs for players to check out.
Additional fields for team sports were also requested by the community.
“This is huge for the Town,” said SPORT’s Mindy Nicholds, sports coordinator at Silverthorne Recreation Center. “Maryland Creek Park offers two fields that will serve field sport users well. Soccer, rugby, football, lacrosse, you name it. Now we can play our favorite sports in Silverthorne.”
Scenic Loop Trails
Another highlight of Maryland Creek Park is the short and long social loop trails lined with crusher fines that are good for bikes and strollers. These multi-use, multi-season trails will also serve as Nordic ski and snowshoe trails in the winter. There is also a connector trail in the park that provides unprecedented access to US Forest Service land and the Gore Range Trail.
Suzanne says that as a hiker, she is very excited about the trails and trail access at Maryland Creek Park. The trails “will take hikers through a variety of landscapes and provides dramatic views of the Williams Fork mountains as well as prime wildflower and bird spotting.”
It won’t be too long before our attention turns from hiking trails to sledding hills. According to Mindy, the sledding hill might be her favorite part of the new park.
“The sledding hill will be perfect: fast with just the right pitch and a great flat run out,” she said. “While Rainbow Park is more of a beginner sledding hill and perfect for little ones, Maryland Creek Park’s sledding hill takes it to the next level. There is even a warming hut to drink your hot cocoa between runs!”
Future plans for Maryland Creek Park include a kids’ nature play area. As the grass and trees grow, this park just might blossom into a Summit County favorite.
Silverthorne will be hosting an official park dedication and celebration in September. Stay tuned for dates and details.