City lands $75,000 GOCO parks to boost open space plan update |

City lands $75,000 GOCO parks to boost open space plan update

— The city of Steamboat Springs has received a $75,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant to help update its 13-year-old master plan for parks, recreation, open space, rivers and trails.

Steamboat’s existing master plan was created in 2004 and has guided the development of two new parks, miles of trails and the acquisition of more than 1,000 acres of open space, including land along the Yampa River corridor.

The new master plan can be expected to do more of the same, but there is new urgency this time around. Population growth since the last plan was adopted, coupled with the state health department’s 2016 decision to list the Yampa for the first time as an impaired water body, are expected to inform the plan.

The listing by the Colorado Department of health and environment was based on undesirably warm water temperatures in the river downstream from Steamboat.

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