Whitewater fans in Glenwoodto peddle paddle park plan
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The dream of creating a whitewater park here is still afloat. According to Whitewater Park Committee member Lori Hogan – who is also the tourism and marketing director for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association – the park will be up for discussion at City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday. Updated plans call for a series of river features to be placed in the Colorado River starting near the Two Rivers Park pedestrian bridge and ending just downstream of the Two Rivers Park boat take-out. In all, the park is expected to cost about $1.2 million. According to council’s agenda, the discussion centers on whether council will pledge its support for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant application. But Hogan said that’s not all that will be talked about. “What we’re looking at them doing is having them pick up the cost of permitting,” Hogan said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must issue permits before any modifications could be made to the river. It is unclear how much that permitting would cost. If the permit process is complete by this winter, Hogan said, it’s possible that at least one feature could be installed by summer 2005. If the GOCO grant is awarded – a grant that could be worth more than $200,000 – there could be enough money for all of the park’s river features. “And we’ve already had a lot of in-kind donations,” Hogan said. The remaining $1 million in the whitewater park’s cost estimate is slated for bank stabilization and improvements, tamarisk tree removal and trail construction. Plans also call for a natural, terraced-type bank that would allow spectators to watch the wave riders. “A GOCO representative was here about two weeks ago looking for updated information,” Hogan said. “We should hear from them by Dec. 3.”If the grant comes in, that would give whitewater park builders three to four months of low water in the winter to install rocks and other materials that are used to make kayak-friendly waves in the river channel. Also on the agenda, City Council will:• Hear a presentation by train enthusiast Jan Girardot on the Glenwood Springs Railroad Museum.• Hear a presentation by environmentalist Steve Smith on the Citizens’ Campaign for the Roan Plateau. • Consider whether to award a bid for Grand Avenue sewer system improvements. • Consider whether to allow an applicant to make condominiums from an existing fourplex and whether to grant a variance from the city’s minimum lot size. • Consider whether to approve a Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to grant a major subdivision for 14 lots within Glenwood Meadows. • Consider how to fund the street improvements at the Eighth Street and Midland Avenue intersection. • Consider whether to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Glenwood Meadows Metropolitan District No. 1. • Consider whether to make minor amendments to the city’s municipal code regarding building and the fire code. • Consider whether to adopt Glenwood Springs Fire Department permit fees. • Consider making a new appointment to the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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