From The Denver Post (Jason Blevins):
Surf’s up in Eagle.
Eagle residents overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase to fund a river park project in a record-turnout election for the town.
The 20-year, half-percent sales tax increase to 4.5 percent will spark development of a $12 million riverpark project designed to transform a dirt parking lot used by truckers into a gateway for the growing town.
In a record turnout election for Eagle — spurred in part by an abundance of yard signs urging support for Ballot Question 1 — voters approved the measure 962 to 589. The project includes a whitewater park for kayakers and stand-up paddlers and terraced fields designed to lure passersby off Interstate 70 and into town. The hope is the project spurs mixed-use development on private land between the park and Eagle’s historic downtown.
“This is total validation for what’s going on right now in Eagle,” said Mayor Yuri Kostick, noting the proliferation of mountain bike trails that has elevated his town as a biking destination.
Kostick was heading over to the Bonfire Brewery, which served as an informal headquarters for river park supporters.
“It’s going to be such a sweet scene,” he said.