Fill is placed in the lot at 12th and Greene Street on Tuesday, April 23. The large depression there was filled in by Wednesday afternoon. It will be landscaped and furnished with a couple of picnic tables and park benches as part of a Silverton Standard fund-raising effort to develop a small pocket park.
Two weeks after announcing plans to fill the large crater in the vacant lot at 12th and Greene to develop a pocket park there work on the project has begun.
Pete Maisel Excavating began filling the Big Hole on Tuesday, and by Wednesday afternoon, April 24, the job was complete, leveling off the vacant lot in the heart of downtown Silverton.
“The good news is that this puts us a bit ahead of schedule,” said Mark Esper, editor and publisher of the Silverton Standard & the Miner.
The newspaper has been raising money to clean up the lot, which has been an eyesore since the Iron Horse building collapsed there in March 2008 due to snow and ice on the roof.
“The bad news is we still haven’t got enough money to pay for this work,” Esper said.
Esper said he hopes to have at least the basics for the future Iron Horse Park in place in time for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race on Saturday, May 25, which brings thousands of visitors to Silverton to kick off the summer season.
That will require some landscaping and a couple of picnic tables and park benches, to get started.
Help fund the park
Tax deductible donations may be sent to: Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433.