Cañon City scores $200,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado for whitewater park

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

Local boaters teamed up in 2007 with the Canon City Chamber of Commerce to start the process of fundraising for the Whitewater Kayak and Recreation Park, affectionately dubbed WKRP-Canon City. The effort got an ample boost in March 2008 when City Council voted to accept a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Total cost of the project is estimated to be about $375,000. The project is planned for a section of the Arkansas River that runs along Centennial Park, also known as Duck Park, roughly between the Fourth Street Viaduct and Second Street.

Currently, the water running by the park is flat and the banks are steep, so the banks will need to be reinforced to allow gentle sloping river access for everyone. Wading pools will be added to encourage children who want to cool off in the summer without fear of deep, swift water. Put-in and take-out ramps plus play holes would be added for boaters such as kayakers, canoeists and rafters, with the use of strategically placed rocks. The water park will be an ideal place for kayakers to learn the sport and boost their confidence by getting a feel for the water. “The $200,000 is enough, with all the money raised (during the past two years) to proceed, plus we have had a donation of stone for the banks,” said Steve Rabe, Canon City administrator, who applied for the grant.

If all goes as planned, Rabe hopes to put out bid requests by the end of the year.

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