Colorado Parks and Wildlife has hired a new contractor to take over the construction of upgrades to the Sylvan Lake Dam. Last week, work crews resumed work on the project CPW officials say is now approximately halfway to completion.
If all work goes as expected and according to plan, the new contractor says they will finish the job this fall, followed by minor cleanup next spring in preparation for fully opening the park.
While construction is ongoing, Sylvan Lake park personnel remind visitors the campground, lower cabins, and lake area will remain closed however, the park's yurts, 4 upper cabins, Brush Creek Trail and access to the National Forest will remain open.
"It's unfortunate that the project did not wrap-up when expected," said Park Manager Michael Wall. "That said, I feel we are back on track and will be fully operational by summer of 2020."
Wall says the delays have been tough on visitors and park personnel. He thanks everyone for their patience.
"This can happen with large construction projects, and we certainly understand the frustration of our park visitors," he said. "We'll be back very soon, better than ever."
The project to upgrade the dam at Sylvan Lake began in 2018.
For more information, contact Sylvan Lake State Park at 970-328-2021, or visit the park's website.