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Stage debuts in French Gulch

December 12, 2002

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE - About eight people boarded a Summit Stage minibus in the Wellington Neighborhood Tuesday morning as part of a celebration of the new route through French Gulch.

The Black Route serves the Wellington Neighborhood, Vista Point, Gibson Heights, French Creek and Kenington Place. It makes stops at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, the library, City Market and the transfer point at F-Lot on South Park Avenue.

"This is a huge event in terms of bringing together French Creek neighborhoods," said David O'Neil, developer of Wellington Neighborhood and an advocate of getting bus service to the area. "It also opens up the possibility of two-car families being able to get rid of one car and saving a lot of money in maintenance costs."

The subdivisions in French Gulch are predominantly home to workers in the Upper Blue Valley.

Present at the informal gathering Tuesday were Bill Watterson, director of the Summit Stage; Jim Benkleman, Breckenridge town director of transportation; Chris O'Reilly, president of the French Creek homeowners association; Wellington Neighborhood resident Ann Gagen; and Pat Phelan, president of Kenington Place homeowners association.