Clear Creek Whitewater Park

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From the Clear Creek Courant (Ian Neligh):

An official groundbreaking was held Aug. 11 for the Clear Creek Whitewater Park at Lawson. Plans for the park include specially engineered boulders that will provide chutes and waves for kayakers and other boaters along the 450-foot stretch of river just upstream from Mile Hi Rafting. Seating also will be provided on terraced rocks on the south bank. Other additions will include parking and a changing station with environmentally friendly toilets. Eighty percent of the funding for the $400,000 whitewater park comes from a grant from the Federal Highway Administration through the Colorado Department of Transportation. The rest is being split between the county Open Space Commission and Clear Creek County. According to Pete Helseth, chairman of Clear Creek Open Space, the stretch of Clear Creek is well known in boating communities. He said the stream’s path through the area was carved in the 1960s while Interstate 70 was being built…

Helseth said the idea behind the whitewater park is to take the existing boulders, improve the course, and make it into something more permanent. The project will be overseen by Recreation Engineering and Planning of Boulder, which did the designs at similar whitewater parks in Golden, Steamboat Springs and Buena Vista.

More whitewater coverage here.

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