OK - how about a little more positive attitude here fellas. The money is nearly there and consturction may start as early as late this spring. What we need is support from within the community. Yes, there is a small contingent of "green" activistists fighting development along the river corridor. Problem is, I don't think too many of these folks have been down there recently as there is 1) already an old diversion dam in place, 2) trash everywhere along the banks, 3) invasive species "flourishing" and 4) an already transformed riverbed. All in all, this no longer a "natural" river corridor as is.
The proposed river park aims to clean up this zone, plant native species, create aquatic wildlife habitat by forming defined pools and eddy lines and generally create a more pleasant atmosphere where everyone will want to hang out - not just the local homeless population. This play park will be a big deal in Fort Collins, will have an extremely postitive effect on the north downtown area and will have plenty of flow during the spring and summer months. Late season agricultural demand will provide "off-season" opportunities to play and three features is better than zero. Think about it - it will be a safe place for kids and others to learn to paddle, have a quick lunch session when you don't have time to drive up the canyon and practice slalom (eventually).
There will be some fundraising events this spring and the best thing you can do to help this park is to stay positive and attend these fundraisers. If you are interested in helping in a more committed way contact Matt Evans at email@example.com