A proposal that would make the popular Ice Castles attraction a more permanent winter feature in Dillon, Colorado is being met with a mixed reaction from the public. While survey data shows that local businesses and part-time Dillon residents are in favor of proposed changes expected to cost more than two million dollars, local full-time citizens aren't quite as supportive.
The proposal would move the Ice Castles attraction to the northern side of Town Park, including the addition of new paid attractions such as snow caves. During the summer, the north side of the park would be turned into a garden that features mountain flowers and other diverse plant life. If approved, the changes could cost more than $2.7 million. Ice Castles has said they would help with some of the costs.
Of 56 full-time Dillon residents that were surveyed, 26 showed support of the Ice Castles proposal while 30 stated that they were against it. The 'full-time' residents group was the largest group represented in the survey.
With a total of 154 respondents, inclusion of other non-full-time resident groups skewed results in favor of the proposal. In total, 93 respondents voted 'yes' and 61 voted 'no', including full-time residents, but also those that identified as Dillon business, Summit County residents outside of Dillon, and part-time residents of Dillon.
Those that supported the Ice Castles cited a positive experience thus far with the Ice Castles company, the potential economic impact resulting from the attraction, and local employment opportunities the attractions creates. Those against the proposal cited concern with a multi-year deal, parking issues, and ecological concerns, among other things.
Over the last few years, the Ice Castles attraction has become a major winter draw to the town of Dillon, inviting visitors to explore a frozen dreamscape filled with ice towers, colorful lights, and fountains.
It is unclear when a final decision will be made. Find more information on the proposal and the community discussion here.