Originally Posted by craporadon
\I say not only change it but make it a badass rapid with splat rocks and waves.
Now we are talking! Throw some splats and a sweet wave in there and as a community maybe we can judge that as reason to alter the river. Playparks are great for the river as they bring attention and people to the river to experience and hopefully protect the remaining wilderness and unaltered stretches. I think playparks have their place and it is in urban areas. I'm not into changing the natural streambed, not my style, I don't like to play God but I can see the good that playparks bring and they are one of the best places for teaching kids and for basic swiftwater rescue classes. The ones crapor builds are the best in the biz and I could get behind them. When we get one in Fort Collins it's going to be bad ass and I have used the streambed is already significantly altered argument to push for it, so I understand that.
Nothing is sacred about the blast rock, but who's to say it's blast rock for sure and who's to say that after you roll that thing someone won't get a foot entrapment on it or that it won't claim a life anyway. If we build a playpark and that happens then we had a sh!t engineer and we should have hired crapor, but the reasoning behind building it and the good the ww park will do, in my opinion, outweighs the negatives of altering the streambed. On the other hand, altering the streambed just to make an easier line for rafting the stretch at well below optimal water levels ain't a good enough reason for me and I stand by the idea that altering streambeds to make them less dangerous, even on previously altered stretches, sets a bad precedent. I guess I'm agreeing that it's situational and when the river is altered the line becomes fuzzy but I think playparks belong in urban areas and rivers outside of urban areas should not be altered for the purpose of making them less dangerous.
Confusing enough that now I'm questioning everything. Good discussion. Off to the Clarks Fork bitches...