New boat put-in is needed
According to a recent article in the Post Independent, the city of Glenwood Springs is considering constructing a put-in/take-out on the Roaring Fork River near the location of the new pedestrian bridge crossing. This new access would help fishermen avoid the often-crowded Two Rivers Park take-out and from getting caught in the traffic snarl due to the Grand Avenue bridge construction.
It is a great idea to construct another river access and one that is long overdue. Because both locals and visitors love our rivers, boat traffic is growing, and accommodating that growth is critical.
To see some beautifully developed river access, look at those constructed by Eagle County on the upper Colorado River. They have easy U-shaped designs to accommodate trailer backing and quick in-and-outs from the boat ramp.
It is also my understanding that this river access is being constructed on public property owned by the city of Glenwood Springs. That being the case, it must be kept open to all river users: private and commercial rafters, kayakers and tubers as well as fishermen.
I encourage the city of Glenwood Springs to move forward on this new river access project, keeping in mind that public owned river access must be kept open to all river users. It will be interesting to follow how this much needed river project progresses.
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