Roaring Fork Valley: New whitewater park for Basalt?

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From the Aspen Daily News (Andrew Travers):

Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers and Streams board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward on the development of a water park on the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. The Pitkin County commissioners, in turn, asked their staff to research it further and apply for a state grant to help fund it…

The proposal would make a permanent whitewater wave on the Roaring Fork River in Basalt, similar to the popular wave in Glenwood Springs. It could also gain a water right for the county and, in turn, a fuller, healthier Roaring Fork River. Contractor Jason Carey sketched a plan of the park, and estimated moving rocks to create standing rapids there would cost $650,000. The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board fronted $100,000 for the project and Carey’s spec plans, and open space director Dale Will said at the meeting they are “a big enthusiast of this project … . We’d really like to see this happen.” The county is hoping the town of Basalt will chip in as well, and county attorney John Ely said Town Council members have “been very warm if not outright hot” on the idea. Eagle County has also expressed interest, he said, but with no attached dollar amount.

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