Prepared to be not very excited by the East Race. The East Race was built in the late sixties/ early seventies. It was the first made made whitewater course built in the USA. It consists of a damm, concrete fish ladders, and a concrete deversion for a kayak course. It has preset fiberglass wedges that can be slid into tracks in the course. These wedges deflect water and bounce it off the walls of the course to change to direction of the current.
If you are interested in checking out a better use of water deversion. Check out the waitewater course behind the REI in downtown Denver. Yes, Confluence Park. Also built in the mid seventies.
But, times have changed and kayaking has changed with it. The Golden WW park is a far better and more realistic style park. It's not a deversion, so it's range or use is smaller. Meaning it's not forcing water into a smaller section of river. This helps to take advantage of ultra low flows. But, this doesn't effect the joy that the park brings to many local boaters. Or, the feel of running whitewater in an urban inviroment.
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