Salida: Construction begins to improve town’s whitewater park

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From the Salida Citizen:

Construction on expansion of the Whitewater Park has begun as two new play features are being installed before a March 31st regulatory deadline. Planned improvements include two new whitewater playspots and a trail extension through Riverside Park. Additions will also include a built-in year-round rock climbing structure appropriate for children and beginner to advanced adult climbers. Much needed bathrooms and changing rooms at the Salida downtown boat ramp will also be complete in time for the summer rush. The City of Salida, in partnership with the Arkansas River Trust was awarded a grant to expand the Salida Whitewater Park and improve Riverside Park. The majority of the funding has come from a GOCO grant and a cash match by the City of Salida. Citizens have been very generous with their support however, the Arkansas River Trust is seeking additional funding from the community to supplement the grant.

The Arkansas River Trust is raising funds by selling Bricks that will be placed in Riverside Park. Your brick purchase will help support this effort and create a lasting memorial to your family and/or business. The engraved bricks will be inset, in the new trail extension in Riverside Park near the Rotary Amphitheater. For more information please e-mail

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