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Workman Park almost finished

Landscapers put down sod and plant trees at the new Workman Park on Yampa Street in the summer.
Scott Franz

— City officials are hoping to cut the ribbon on the new Workman Park on Yampa Street in time for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

The riverside park was quickly turning green on Friday as landscapers put down fresh sod and trees.

As the river recedes, the new terraced steps and river access will be revealed.



The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission was asked Wednesday what the permanent name of the park should be.

Commissioners gave a unanimous endorsement of the name Workman Park to honor the family that lived at the site of the park for more than 70 years.



The Workmans sold the parcel to the city, and a century-old home was relocated to a quieter spot near Oak Creek Canyon.

“This is a great opportunity for the city to embrace our local history,” Commissioner Alan Koermer said of keeping the Workman Park name. “We have pioneers in this community who stepped up to the plate and made something like this happen.

The Workmans were praised at the meeting for their willingness to allow the parcel to become a public park and for their collaboration with the city.

“They were just as excited about the opportunity for the property to become a park just as much as we were,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

The commissioners also want a plaque placed at the site explaining the history of the parcel as well as Yampa Street’s evolution from a residential and semi-industrial area to the dining and entertainment district it has become today.

The yellow house that used to sit on the Workman property was built in 1914 at a time when horseback riders clip-clopped by on a mostly empty dirt road. The home was surrounded by a chicken house, corral, outhouse and small barn.

Today, it is surrounded by popular restaurants and bars.

Leland and Linda Workman sold the property to the city last year for $610,000.

Leland Workman traveled to Steamboat from his home in Summit County on Wednesday to ask the commission to endorse keeping the name Workman Park.

He says whenever he comes to Steamboat now, he drives by the park to check on its progress.

“I’m quite impressed with the job everybody has done,” Workman told the commission.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10


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