A new park and green “spine” for Old Town Morrison, CO following Mt. Vernon Creek from the Bear Creek Confluence to the Hogback. This plan envisions a new linear creek-area park and outdoor gathering place along the length of Mt. Vernon Creek in the heart of town. The park will feature paved walking/bicycle trails—connecting to the Bear Creek Greenway and Dakota Hogback Trail systems. It will offer walkways, overlooks, outdoor dining areas and architectural features. The creek itself will be a focal point with small rock drops to create water action and sounds.
The new park will eventually feature a continuous pedestrian walkway along the banks of the Creek from the Bear Creek Confluence to Highway 93. A small pedestrian bridge upstream of the Town Alley will facilitate a pleasant loop walk along the Creek. The plan also envisions a small deck overlooking the Creek on the north side of Bear Creek Avenue complementing the completed deck/gazebo area on the south side of the street. Flagstone patios will line the creek along the tops of the existing walls on both sides for the creek from Bear Creek Avenue to the alley. The patios will accommodate tables for outdoor dining as well as passage for pedestrians and cyclists along the length the creek through Town.
In addition to repairing the existing stone walls, the patios, pathways and overlooks improvements include an improved crossing of Bear Creek Avenue, sculptural gateways, hand railings, interpretive displays and other trim features. Future opportunities may exist for public/private partnerships that may go beyond what is currently contemplated.