City invites community to weigh in on future of pocket park on Yampa Street
Steamboat Springs — From a food cart hub to an interactive art exhibit, community members have a lot of ideas for what a new pocket park on Yampa Street could feature.
City officials Wednesday night asked the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission what kinds of uses and amenities they would like to see on the riverfront Workman property that was recently acquired by the city.
“The use of this park is something we really need to begin a community dialogue on,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.
The city is moving ahead with plans this summer to remove the 101-year-old home from the property and turn it into a public park, tentatively being referred to as Workman Park.
A lawn and sidewalk will be installed.
There also is an opportunity to improve the confluence of Butcherknife Creek and the Yampa River, which is currently surrounded by concrete retaining walls.
After that, Gibbs said, the .14-acre parcel with 125 feet of riverfront is a sort of blank canvas.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Frank Dolman imagines a place where children can splash in shallow pools and admire waterfalls where Butcherknife meets the Yampa.
In the park, he said, there could be logs, rocks and benches to sit on and flower gardens to admire.
Commission Chairman Alan Koermer cited the popularity of the Cloud Gate, an interactive art exhibit shaped like a bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park, and said a smaller scale piece of interactive art could be popular on Yampa Street.
“It could be a great opening to the promenade on Yampa Street,” he said.
Community member Eric Meyer had a different idea.
He said because the property already has utilities like electricity and water on site, it could be a spot to host a cluster of food carts.
Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Director John Overstreet said a fire pit has also been suggested for the parcel.
The city plans to engage a variety of stakeholders in the coming weeks about the future of the park.
So far, much of the discussion about the park has focused on passive uses.
The park is viewed as one piece of a larger project to improve Yampa Street, and it’s creation is being funded by accommodations tax revenue that voters approved spending on the street.
Other possible Yampa Street improvements include the installation of a promenade and the conversion of the parking lot at Ninth and Yampa streets into a park.
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