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River Creek Park slated for changes

The city is seeking bids for initial improvements to a heavily used Yampa River access point in its recently named River Creek Park.

The project is expected to cost more than $100,000, said Chris Wilson, city director of parks, open space and recreational services.

The 16.5-acre park has long been known as the Polumbus Parcel. It is on the west side of the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road. The city purchased it for $435,000 in 1999 using a Great Outdoors Colorado Yampa River Legacy Project grant.

“The Polumbus property has received lots of use from people accessing the Yampa and doing kayak lessons,” Wilson said. “Our project is basically just legitimizing the parking and the access that’s been used. It will be a trailhead natural park with an open space area.”

Although the area is primarily used for fishing and floating access, Wilson envisions that it also will become a key access point for people using the Yampa River Core Trail. Learning from the heavy use of a small parking lot at Rotary Park, Wilson said the city wants to ensure that River Creek Park will provide more parking. The trail is heavily used by strollers, bicyclists and inline skaters.

Initially, the parking lot will be constructed of unpaved road base. Eventually, the city intends to pave it. During the initial development phase this fall, the city will install engineered drainage and sediment ponds meant to capture automotive runoff from the parking lots before it can enter the river.

“We will be upgrading the surface to a road base so that it’s more all weather and doing some berming and cleanup of material that had been dumped,” Wilson said.

Plans for this fall also include improving the right-hand turn into the park. The road alignment changed when the formal entrance to a new commercial building housing Mason and Morse Real Estate was constructed last summer.

This fall’s work will include landscaping with native plants, Wilson said. Plans for the park call for a small lawn and a picnic gazebo.

Wilson said the selection of the name River Creek Park reflects the fact that the site is adjacent to the point where Walton Creek flows into the Yampa.

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