RDNK, I hear ya loud and clear. I'm all too familiar with the dynamic changes of BV and the players involved, and have a great deal of respect for all involved. However, the difference here is that two things occurred that you won't find in Reno, BV, Salida, Golden, or any other successful municipal ww park that I'm personally aware of.
1. A perfectly amazing feature was sacrificed for a WW park. Let's not sugar coat this - anyone of us here knows the dynamics and challenges associated with tweaking the river. This could have easily been avoided by leaving it alone. Will the parties involved step back in and try to make it right? I have it on good authority that the answer is yes, but how much are they really
going to invest in a feature that runs for maybe a few weeks each summer if we're lucky? If and when they do, will they get it right, or will it be another year of determining whether or not it's cost effective to even go back in?
**I stand corrected. A few decent features in Golden were sacrificed over the years for progress as well...and things still aren't even close to good down here in terms of a high performance feature.
2. This WW park was built outside of a city center, between I70 and a frontage road in a relatively narrow canyon. The collective population of the 3 towns associated with it was 388
in 2007. Add in Georgetown and it's likely still not over 1000. Even with mind boggling explosive growth this is not going to become a hotbed hangout for travelers as the attractions include a Burger King, a truck Stop / Gas Station, A Hwy Patrol Weigh Station, and maybe a Starbucks if they can ever find a good drywall contractor to do the work. While all of the aforementioned ww parks attract kayakers and others to the associated city centers, this WW park does nothing of the sort.
The combined logic between potentially compromising the hole and irrational location make this project a big question mark if I'm the one considering it. Couple that with the ice cold waters propensity to chase off even the hardiest of boaters, I don't think that this is going to become the SUP, Body Board, or Inner Tubing friendly park that all of the others are.
I hope things turn out for the better in the long run, truly do...don't really want to give Kaleb any more reason to piss and moan than he normally does...but this one makes little sense to me when you look at the available options.