Park needs place |

Park needs place

Donna GrayPost Independent Staff

Down but not out, the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Task Force is still on the lookout for a location for a whitewater park.Davis Farrar and Lori Hogan outlined other potential locations for the park, among them South Canyon, west Glenwood near the Midland Avenue bridge, Horseshoe Bend near No Name in Glenwood Canyon, by Cemetery Rapids in the Roaring Fork River and near Carter Jackson’s property, and also on the Roaring Fork.”We haven’t ruled anything out at this point,” Farrar said.Farrar also acknowledged many challenges to finding a location, such as access through private land, parking, safety and environmental impacts.Preferably, the park would be within city limits. If it was within the city limits, it would mean the city would operate the park through its parks and recreation department, and would derive economic benefit from the people who come to town to use it or watch competitions, Farrar said.For funding the $1.2 million project, the group intends to apply for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant in September, which requires matching funds from local governments.The group already has commitments from Glenwood Springs for $160,000 and $40,000 from the Hot Springs Pool, $50,000 worth of in-kind donations such as engineering and construction help, plus $8,000 in private donations.While they would not commit to a specific dollar amount, the commissioners said they would consider the request during their budget talks, which started Tuesday. They also appeared willing to donate staff time for engineering or planning.However, Commissioner John Martin threw a damper on the talks when he deconstructed some of the task force’s potential locations for the park.He said in No Name there’s an access issue because part of the road is closed. In South Canyon there’s a problem with parking, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Division of Wildlife and railroad access. Martin added that at Cemetery Rapids there’s no parking and access is limited. He also said there is an “access issue” In West Glenwood.”Your presentation is a bit premature, since you don’t have a location,” said Commissioner Larry McCown.However, Commissioner Trési Houpt praised the plan.”I like having the park in town so it would be convenient for people who are visiting … It makes a lot of sense. I would support the project for (an) in-kind (contribution). It would add to economic development,” she said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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