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Old 03-20-2013   #1
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Grand Junction Kayak Park ???

So I'm reading through the paper and notice an article about the new Los Colonias Park that the city is proposing. One of the features mentioned is a kayak park, does anyone on the western slope have any other details on the cities' plan with this.

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Pete at Whitewater West in GJ might be up on this. Pls. post if u learn what's up with that. Tnx.

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I would love a park here we have been surfing a wave near 29rd that isnt half bad but man this town needs one badly it would do some good for everyone
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They've been proposing whitewater parks in various forms for at least a decade now. Hopefully GJ is finally going to make it happen!
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True. But doesn't the gummint's money hijinks have a bit to do with the crash of the last attempt?
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Not at the Price Stub diversion in Palisade. That was all incompetence on the designers part. Image you want to build a project next to a multimillion dollar structure ie a freeway or canal diversion and you ask for engineering drawings and get a cartoon of what a whitewater park might look like in the river. I am thinking CDOT and the other stakeholders weren't filled with confidence.
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So I'm reading through the paper and notice an article about the new Los Colonias Park that the city is proposing. One of the features mentioned is a kayak park, does anyone on the western slope have any other details on the cities' plan with this.
Las Colonias is right by (at?) Watson Island, no?

Makes sense that they'd put it there for several reasons--parking, access, teeny bit of gradient just below the island (and just above 5th street bridge) plus they've been trying to get more people to use the Riverfront Trail, concert lawn, etc... for the last ~decade. Move the taxpayers in and usher the homeless out in one fell swoop.
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The real barrier for any of these parks are the fish. Humpback chub and pike minnow have to be accommodated in the design. This takes dollars and a level of persistence no municipality has been able to sustain. It appears that between the endangered species and irrigation districts there is significant political bureaucracy to kill these projects. They have a tendency to ask for expensive revisions or studies just before crucial funding deadlines such as goco grants and loss of that type of funding kills it.

I hope it succeeds and believe it eventually will, but it will take a very persistent group of people to get it accomplished over a course of several years.

In general GJ would be stellar for a park. Warm days and typically plenty of water for sustained use.
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Tnx. for that heads up. We were back east during all that.

Yes, there's an fine opportunity here for GJ to up their ROI on all that's been done so far. Seems to me that some areas between 9th and 1st could become a magnet for Main and surrounding businesses. IMO GJ has done a nice job so far with Main, Riverside Pkwy., 6/50 upgrades.

Seems like down in there is potential for a magnetic river park by connecting some dots. With the downtown hotel beds, restaurants, potential for more parking, proximity of shopping, GJ seems to have a lot already going and a park would/could be a flagship. Wouldn't everyone benefit if it's done well, taxpayers (thus GJ, too), retail and commercial businesses in that area, tourist money would likely increase, Pete might benefit from being close, crime probably would drop for the reason you describe. Those of us within reasonable drivetime would be there a lot (if the WW features were well designed) so our bucks flow in (meals, fuel, shopping).

From a rail tourist's perspective, cleaning up and making the Pufferbelly/Amtrak area safer would be very welcome.

Re East of town, WW park on its own doesn't seem to add up. Palisade doesn't have the magnets GJ does, and it'd be nice to see Palisade keep the Sonoma flavor, IMO. Going out there enhances the GJ experience. Got to do something for more than just a small number of Buzzard types.

Perhaps a model on a smaller scale is Salida because of the variety of attractions there and close by. BV is another model, excellent one, and parts of which I'd like to see GJ copy. For example, taking the 9th to 1st area and turning that into a mix of high-density residential, more boutique retail, perhaps a Senior-oriented, pedestrian community as has become so popular elsewhere. I'd get a townhouse on the river in a heartbeat. Would prefer BV but for the need for medical resources. Something like what Boise is doing, for example.

I know some GJ business owners gripe about continuing road construction, some of the landscaping regs, etc., and yes, some prefer the days when all there was was Gay Johnson's, but population increase is inevitable. Why not make it more pleasant, which I think GJ has done so far from a non-resident's perspective. It's only going to become a more & more popular geezer community because of climate, medical, scenery/rec., etc. Population increase will offset any global warming temp rise (if it works that way) for quite a while.

But along with this, we all have to pitch in and try to mitigate the negatives of Thompson Divide, Rifle, Silt, North Fork, all the energy negative pressures. Go for the energy that's needed for a very long time, IMO, but work hard toward "cleaning" it up, especially the politics. Getting full disclosure on leases, protecting agriculture and water, for example.

Rant over. Hope all you guys down there do what you can to raise buzz about cleaning up that area as you describe. We'll do what we can from here

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