Seems like everyone is building parks these days and I don't want my hometown of Bayfield to be left out. Today in the Durango Herald, there is an article about growth in Bayfield. http://www.durangoherald.com/asp-bin...ws050110_1.htm
Bayfield is drawing up plans for a huge improvement to its parks. The park in downtown Bayfield sits right next to the Pine River (Los Pinos). This section of the Pine would be ideal for a man-made drops for playboating. It is very difficult to find a legal run on the Pine, due to large amounts of private property and it is fairly easy (Class II max) below the Vallecito Area. However, there is still a gradient to work with and best of all, THE PINE RUNS WHEN THE ANIMAS AND PIEDRA ARE TOO LOW! Because of water released from Vallecito Reservoir, the Pine flows from 500 to 700+ cfs consistantly during the irrigation season (thru October!) I think this would be a great opportunity for paddlers in the Durango area.
If there is anyone in the area, or that can make it, Bayfield is having a meeting tomorrow night from 5pm to 7pm at town hall to talk about future development in the town. I think this would be a great time to bring up the subject to the town council. Does anyone have any documents that show the economic benefits of whitewater parks? I hope to see you there!