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HC3 Moves to Dillon

Post Date:08/25/2017 2:03 PM

Media Contacts: Kerstin Anderson, Town of Dillon, (970) 262-3403
Jen Schenk, Executive Director, High Country Conservation Center, (970) 668-5703 


Dillon, Colorado – October 27, 2016 – The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is moving its office from Frisco to Dillon on Monday, October 31st. The organization best known for promoting resource conservation in Summit County and for their focus on recycling, composting, energy conservation, environmental education, water conservation, sustainable food programs and community gardens is moving into the Old Dillon Town Hall. “We excited to welcome HC3 to the neighborhood,” said Dillon Town Mayor, Kevin Burns. ” The Town of Dillon had space available and a community need that aligned with the growing space requirements of HC3. It feels good that the town is in a position to support the organization through a rent subsidy,” said Burns. The Town of Dillon owns the building and is essentially leasing the space to HC3 rent-free. “In addition to the great work they do provide conservation solutions to Summit County at large, we see HC3 as a builder of community experiences and that fits perfectly with Dillon’s Guiding Principles,” said Mayor Burns. 

HC3’s move to Dillon will substantially increase the size of their office space, increasing their ability to serve the community. With growing programs and additional staff, HC3 had outgrown their Frisco historic cabin. The Frisco gardens will be relocated to the Frisco Peninsula for summer 2017.

As one of the original buildings that were moved from the former Dillon town site (which is now located at the bottom of Dillon Reservoir) in 1963 and that was later used as a theater, HC3 completed substantial renovations to make the building a functional, sustainable workspace.

• Repurposing pallets to create office dividers.
• Repainting the black-box theater with light-colored, low volatile-organic compound (VOC) paint.
• Installing efficient LED lighting and programmable thermostat on the heating system.
• Adding insulation (there was none) and sealing up leaks/holes in the building.

HC3 had multiple work days with many community volunteers, including Native Roots staff, to complete the overhaul of the building. Lowe’s also donated $2,500 for the remodel project. 

The move comes just in time to kick-off fall programs such as the Pumpkin Composting program which invites residents to compost their pumpkins after Halloween at the Dillon, Frisco and Breckenridge recycling sites until November 14th. This program is free and details can be found at

As winter rapidly approaches, the new move also coincides with winter energy audits. HC3 offers $99 energy audits for homeowners looking to save money or make their homes more comfortable. For Summit residents earning less than 80% of area median income, Hc3’s CARE (Colorado Affordable Residential Energy) program provides energy assessments, free LED bulbs and many energy upgrades for free. Visit to learn more.

 “We are incredibly excited to move to Dillon to a much bigger and more functional office space. Thanks to the Town of Dillon, Lowe’s and all of our volunteers who helped transform the building from a theatre into a fantastic workspace for HC3,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Schenk. 

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The Town of Dillon at a Glance 

The Town of Dillon was incorporated Jan. 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop. The town has moved three times: once to be closer to the railroad and a second time to be located between three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake.

The third move began in 1956 when the Denver Water Board told the townspeople they must sell their property and be out of town by 1961. The final location for the town was selected on the shore of the new reservoir, where it continues to thrive today.

The Town of Dillon is a full-service community with a year-round residential and seasonal population of 2,766. Dillon¹s beautiful location in the heart of Summit County provides an unrivaled scenic backdrop for an abundance of summer activities. Its close proximity to Summit County¹s ski areas makes it a convenient lodging choice for winter vacationers. The many condominiums and motel rooms bring the peak population to about 5,200 people. 

The Dillon Town Center is home to many Summit County businesses, dining and entertainment opportunities: Dillon Reservoir, Dillon Marina offering boat rental, kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals, sailing lessons and guided sailboat tours and a seasonal lakeside bar and grill, post office, bowling alley, movie theatre and multiple parks featuring playgrounds, community spaces, ball field and hiking and biking trails. 

The Dillon Ridge Market Place stores, on Highway 6, are a mix of local and national businesses offering groceries, a movie theater, restaurants, sporting goods and more. 

Although Dillon has retained much of its small-town charm, it¹s definitely not sleepy.   
Summer in Dillon is unrivaled for family activities, with boating in Lake Dillon, Swing and Country Dance Nights, Friday Farmers Markets and weekend concerts at the open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Enjoy the vistas, fresh air and pocket parks while enjoying the more than 25 miles of paved recreation path that circles the lake.

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