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Old 09-13-2014   #11
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Originally Posted by David Spiegel View Post
I totally agree that the Springs could benefit from a whitewater park. It would be awesome to have a small slalom course and a couple of features near downtown.

I would, however, voice two concerns:

1) Water quality. Is there anyway to improve the water quality? Has anyone tested it to make sure that it is actually safe to boat in? It seems like it will be hard to attract a lot of users (boaters, SUPers, tubers, swimmers) to a park where the water is even filthier than the park in Denver.
The Springs has been shitting in the Fountain Creek for years (literally) and would rather ask forgiveness than permission... we used to swim in there as kids but now I'd be nervous to dip my big toe...

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Old 06-23-2015   #12
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Fountain creek urban myths

Fountain creek as it flows through Colorado Springs and down through Fountain has its challenges much like most urban river flows. I have spent 100 days a year along this "creek" for 10 plus years, for miles north and south of Fountain (town of). I have heard endless hysteria regarding water quality and hazmat suits. Whatever, the river flows and filters and by the the time it gets to Ray Nixon it is better than most. This years May and June rainfalls were records and I have watched with awe along Fountain Creek banks from many vantages.
I took a 14 foot Kevlar C1 canoe (June 19/20th 2015) down from Clear Springs Park (exit 123)to Pinon (out at the old bridge just north of the current bridge). The creek was beautiful and crazy with a huge left turn strainer early on, and lumbar landmines the last 10 miles; and not a soul to be seen for 25 miles. Brilliant sand bars and herons and owls and snapping turtles and glacial chert. The landowners may whine that "their property" is disappearing with the flow but I don't share their pain. The river, for this brief moment, could carry me with depths of 4 inches to more than 56 (my paddle).
I strongly don't recommend this to anyone, after 2 swims and two lost paddles (found the second) I won't repeat again. The storm drainage issues are vastly improved and a Fountain Creek water park is completely doable and can't cost more than the abandoned Clear Creek Park 15 miles south.

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