‘A gateway’ to play: Details emerge as Silverthorne pushes forward with new town-owned park

A large chunk of land in northern Silverthorne once played a small part in one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, but the tract is now being cast in a leading role.

A development agreement approved in June 2015 requires the developer of Summit Sky Ranch to deliver a park on the Maryland Creek Ranch property that, once complete, will be publicly owned and operated by the town.

“That is the spot where Chevy Chase drove off the road in ‘Christmas Vacation,'” recalled Councilman Bob Kieber, as more park details came to light Wednesday night while the developer sought preliminary site plan approval for the project off Highway 9, not too far south of Peak Materials.