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Tubing proposal to be floated at city meeting

— The future of commercial tubing operations on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs will be floated Wednesday at the regular meeting of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreation Chris Wilson will ask the commissioners to consider an amendment to the city regulation governing commercial tubing that would require the companies to operate further downstream beginning in 2001.

If the amendment to the current rule is adopted, it would mean that after Sept. 5, 2000, commercial tubing companies would not be allowed to operate trips upstream from the Fifth Street Bridge.

Currently, commercial tube outfitters shuttle their clients by van to Rotary Park, near the U.S. 40 interchange with Mount Werner Road.

The tubers float down the Yampa River to Eleventh Street, a trip that typically takes a couple of hours. The tubing companies are already operating under daily quotas designed to limit the number of people who tube commercially in a day. The price for a tube trip was in the $2 to $15 range last summer.

The proposed rule change would not affect people floating in their own tubes that form of private recreation would still be allowed above the Fifth Street Bridge.

Nor would the rule change move other commercial recreation outfitters below Fifth Street. For the time being, kayak outfitters and schools, professional fishing guides, rafting companies and canoe companies could still operate there in 2001.

However, just like the tubing companies, the other commercial river outfitters would now be required to contribute 5 percent of their gross revenue to a fund established to gather more data about the how recreation affects the health of the river, and how stream improvement projects can help the river while enhancing recreation.

In other business Wednesday night, the Parks and Recreation Commission will hear a proposal to improve the Howelsen Hill BMX Track.

Students from the Steamboat Springs High School Alternative Cooperating Education (ACE) class have designed the improvements and would like to tackle the dirt work themselves.

The students also plan to distribute topsoil on the site and plant it with native grass seed.

Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission meets beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at the Parks and Recreation conference room on Howelsen Parkway.

The agenda calls for the commission to discuss improvements to the Howelsen Hill BMX track at approximately 7 p.m., and regulations limiting commercial tubing on the Yampa River at 7:30 p.m.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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