Projects

WELCOME TO TWIN LAKES SIGNS

The Friends of Twin Lakes erected Welcome to Twin Lakes signs at both ends of the Village.

EMERGENCY SIGNAGE

We are working with the Fire Department to help homeowners post better house number signage which is critical to locate your home in the event of an emergency.  Please contact John Kester for details or sign up for a sign at the Twin Lakes General Store (minimal cost of $10 for a Lake County Building Code compliant sign).

SCHOOL HOUSE LEASE

We entered into a 10 year lease of the Twin Lakes School House commencing in July of 2014.  We engaged in a lot of clean up and rehabilitation work on the building, hosting multiple fire mitigation and clean up days along with construction and painting work days.

Members are congratulated for the fire mitigation, cleaning and steps taken to make the building a functional center for meetings, training and social gatherings.

We received a grant from the Freeport McMoRan Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund (CIF) for $20,000.  The funds were used to make the Schoolhouse both a more beautiful and safe location for FOTL sponsored activities and encouraging greater tourist traffic in the village to see this historic gem.   We are so grateful to the Freeport McMoRan Foundation for their faith in us!

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FOTL School House Lease 7-22-14

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Photos showing before, during and after renovation:  comparison photoslandscape1

USE PROJECT FOR TWIN LAKES SCHOOLHOUSE

The Lake County School Board approved our Project to allow private event usage.  Usage is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the attachment link (which also has a copy of the Facility Use Agreement) Shoolhouse-use-agreement-2016. Please contact friendsoftwinlakes@gmail.com for more information.

NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTRY “RENOMINATION” PROJECT FOR HISTORIC DISTRICT IN TWIN LAKES

With the great expertise and the generous donation of many hours of research, surveying and work, Kurt Schweigert is completing a comprehensive submission National Historic Registry for the Twin Lakes Historic District to replace the hasty nomination with little substance done in the 1970s.  This involves forty six properties on both sides of Highway 82 in the Village.  This is a work in progress and History Colorado requested that Kurt submit the project covering the years 1865-1966 (the addition of 36 more years to his initial work likely will result in more properties being seen as “historic” than show on the map in the presentation).   Attached is the power point presentation Kurt gave on January 30th, along with a draft site form for one property.

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AGREEMENT WITH THE FOREST SERVICE

This is an important step in allowing FOTL to meaningfully participate and initiate renovations at the Historic Park.  Please contact friendsoftwinlakes@gmail.com to volunteer or support this work.

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We started the actual Historic Assessment of the Clarion Hotel on May 21, 2014.  This is a critical next step to creating an appropriate plan to refurbish the Clarion Hotel both to preserve and display more features in the Twin Lakes Historic Park.  We will use this foundational assessment to seek further grants to allow us to do the refurbishment.

The draft assessment was submitted to the Forest Service and History Colorado in August of 2014.  We have met and will continue to meet with the Forest Service to develop a strategic plan for staging and implementation of recommendations acceptable to the Forest Service.  The ability to move forward has been impacted due to the unfilled local archeologist position for this District and the designated Forest Service liaison being tasked to other functions.

Click on the link to see the initial report on the tree assessment around the Clarion.  Twin_Lakes_Spruce_Tree_Consult1

We received approval of the final assessment from History Colorado late in March of 2015 and look forward to engaging the Forest Service to obtain their additional edits and revisions, as well as determine priorities to move forward.  Click on link to see the draft Historic Assessment.

Clarion-Assessment-Subject to Forest Service Edits

BRINGING BROADBAND TO TWIN LAKES/SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY

On May 23, 2016, we hosted a Community Meeting where Colorado Central Telecom discussed the possibility of bringing unlimited broadband data to the area. For more information about this, please visit http://coloradocentraltelecom.com/ or call 719-937-7700 ext. 103 . (Please know that Friends of Twin Lakes does not specifically endorse any broadband providers, however, we have found that there is an interest in knowing further options and we are providing information to be shared.)

On January 10th, the Colorado Broadband Deployment Board announced that Colorado Central Telecom was awarded a $288,338 grant to connect residential and business customers throughout Twin Lakes and southern Lake County!  This provides another option for many of us to access cell service or the internet and it will be the only unlimited broadband option in the area.

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