Shoreline upgrades envisioned for Two Rivers
Two Rivers Park may soon be getting a long overdue upgrade.
With assistance for the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation department, several designers have begun drawing up concepts to improve the park’s overlooked shoreline area.
Work first started on Two Rivers Park in 1978. Before the park was opened, the site had many purposes.
“It was a quarry, a railroad repair depot, a dump site,” said Tom Barnes, head of the Parks and Recreation department. “It had a long and storied past, although the stories were not always good.”
The original schematics included development plans for the shoreline. Those designs never came to fruition because the project ran out of money.
Now, 38 years later, a new team has come in to help the park’s shoreline realize its greater potential, providing yet another recreational option to residents and visitors of Glenwood.
One member of the team is Gary Lacy. Lacy has helped conceptualize and construct similar river parks in Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Arkansas and North Carolina, among other locations.
The team also has members of the original Two Rivers Park design team.
The designers hope to draw visitors to the park and its shoreline. They are focusing on several areas. One of their top priorities is improving ease of access to the boat ramp. This includes improving the approach ramp with a lower grade and three bays for vehicles to access the river.
The designers are also hoping to create a new path that extends along the river edge. Construction of this path involves developing the shoreline to create a terraced level closer to the river’s height.
They also think that the river island has untapped potential. They hope to create a recreational area on the island with a swimming beach, bridge, riparian area and observation tower.
The designers have several other design plans that they hope to move forward with including improvements to the main park, more walkways and a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70.
The project is in the community input stage. Based on the reception that the designers receive, they will decide how and when they will move forward with the project.
The Two Rivers Park design team has a planning meeting with City Council on July 21. Depending on how that meeting goes, the task force will know what it will be able to do with the park and when it can get started.
“Hopefully we can get it on for the 2017 fiscal year as far as the budget goes,” Barnes said. “Then we will know if we can get some of the improvements or a larger chunk and whether they are sure on the designs.”
Barnes is optimistically patient about the future of the park.
“I’d love to say we can snap our fingers and make it happen,” he said, “but there is a process to go through. You know the park has been like this since 1978, so I don’t have a problem with waiting six more months.”
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