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Whitewater park donation should follow more planning

Is there gold in them thar whitewater rapids?That’s the $600,000 question.A whitewater park would be a great addition to the Glenwood Springs region. Such a park would bring whitewater enthusiasts from around the state and nation to enjoy fun in the river almost year-round.Unlike many rivers in the state, the Colorado’s reliable flows make the whitewater season on the Colorado River nearly endless.It would be great to have yet another attraction in Glenwood to possibly bring in more tourism dollars. But before whitewater can generate more green, there’s work to be done.With any idea – great or otherwise – there’s a price tag that’s usually attached.With this idea, $600,000 was requested of the city to fund the water park.The bottom line of $300,000 a year for two years is a mighty steep commitment. What else could the city use that much money on? Upgrading a short-staffed fire department and hiring a few more police officers are two things that come to mind.But the whitewater park idea shouldn’t be scratched because of the price tag. It’s time to get creative and work together. The city will greatly benefit from a park like this, so they should be ready to contribute funds when the time comes. Right now, it’s up to the whitewater enthusiasts and park advocates to get busy. Fundraising, finding corporate sponsors and in-kind donations isn’t easy, but it’s what gets the process flowing.Whitewater parks have benefited other cities financially, and Glenwood is a logical place for a park. It must be done correctly, however. The city can’t be asked to make such a huge financial sacrifice.A whitewater park would benefit so many and be a splendid attraction, but the project is in its infancy, so there’s no reason to come up with a quick solution.For now, it’s time to figure out how to make it happen. Like any stretch of whitewater, this won’t be easy, but it can be done.

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