Originally Posted by Steve Kahn
however, does anyone know if there has ever been any serious motivation to change the boulder play park.
Every spring I have that wish too. It's my understanding that the park was built for with the intention to provide trout habitat, flood control, and kayak play. Playboats and river feature design have evolved a lot since it was built. You hardly ever see a Dancer pirouetting in the Endo Hole anymore!
There is precedent - a few years back a couple of drops got built down around the Justice Center and the Endo Hole was modified (and then broke).
In 2005 there was a little backhoe down in the creek, reinforcing/rebuilding some of the creek bank stone walls on a couple of the drops. They did tweak the first drop below the 'dam' and made it less sticky and repaired some walls further down the course. I made some inquiries at the city of Boulder and heard back from the Boulder Greenways Coordinator:
"Thanks for your interest in the maintenance work in Boulder Creek. The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, in conjunction with the City of Boulder Utilities Division, is repairing existing drop structures in Boulder Creek that have deteriorated over time. The primary function of these drop structures is for flood control, however the repairs are being made with consideration for kayaking. Gary Lacy with Recreation Engineering and Planning has been giving his input on the repair work. This work only involves repairing existing drop structures. No new structures are being built."
I then asked about the prospects are for additional kayak-driven improvements and or extension of the existing course, either up or downstream and got this response:
"The work that is currently being done is being funded through the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and is intended to be for flood mitigation. The Greenways Program has funding for a variety of purposes including recreation. Currently there are no kayak improvements identified in the Greenways Master Plan, but if there are projects that make sense, they can be added to the list of projects in the Master Plan. If you would like to make specific recommendations, I would certainly consider them."
So, there may be hope if a motivated person takes charge.