Just a quick update on my recent activities related to kayak play park possibilities.
I have taken a slightly different tack and put together a 4-page conceptual proposal for two, connected infrastructure projects that would benefit LaPorte - firstly, a combination kayak play park (probably one or two waves with eddies, pools etc.) designed to enhance fish habitat, and secondly, a "business loop" for the Poudre River/Pleasant Valley Trail to connect the park (and the school) with LaPorte's business district.
The advantage of the LaPorte location is that Lion's Park already has the trail, parking, toilets/changing rooms, picnic tables, BBQs and a shelter, and this stretch of river (with about 9' drop) was rebuilt around 1976, so its not natural at all. And it is further upstream and doesn't require Fort Collins City involvement.
I've just begun sharing this idea with LaPorte locals, and my conceptual proposal has been very favorably received by LAPAC (LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee), some local land owners, various residents, and the district's County Commissioner Steve Johnson. I haven't spoken to the local business owners yet, but I've been amazed at the enthusiasm of the responses so far.
I am currently garnering ideas about the next steps and best ways to proceed. No matter what, it will be critical to let our local representatives (especially at the county level) that we are excited about this idea and want them to support it in every way they can.
Board of County Commissioners - BOCC@larimer.org
Kathay Rennels, District #1 - 498-7001
Steve Johnson, District #2 - 498-7002
Tom Donnelly, District #3 - 498-7003
Cheers all, Mandy