Regional things to do: Basalt whitewater park; Haunted Mine Drop (Glenwood); Rockies rolling (Denver) |

Regional things to do: Basalt whitewater park; Haunted Mine Drop (Glenwood); Rockies rolling (Denver)

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ASPEN — A snafu that threatened to prevent easy access to a new whitewater park in Basalt was resolved this week and town officials expect to see a spike in use as the water rises.

The town of Basalt removed a fence that blocked access to the pedestrian ramp after an agreement was reached on safety improvements.

"People were climbing over the fence anyway," said Davis Farrar, interim town manager in Basalt.

Pitkin County built the ramp from Two Rivers Road, down the embankment to the Roaring Fork River. It is envisioned that kayakers will use the ramp after exiting the river. If the ramp isn't open, then it requires users to go considerably further downstream, to the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Fryingpan River, to exit without trespassing on private land.

Kayakers were complaining that the exit strategy was far from ideal.

"The staff understands the situation with users interested in getting on the features as water levels make the features function," Farrar said late last week. However, roadside safety is the top priority for the town, he said.

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After a series of meetings between Farrar and county staff, a compromise was reached this week. Basalt agreed to make temporary parking available on a wide, dirt pullout downstream from the pedestrian ramp. Lines have been painted in the dirt to show the parking spaces.

Signs have also been posted urging vehicles with trailers to park at Fisherman's park, closer to the intersection of Two Rivers Road and Highway 82. Basalt doesn't want trailers filling the few parking spaces or creating a traffic hazard, Farrar said.


Haunted Mine Drop coming to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Currently being installed and expected to be completed by July 4, the 120-foot Haunted Mine Drop ride has been featured in releases by International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, alongside attractions such as Universal Studios and Hersheypark.


Rockies keep rolling

The first-place Colorado Rockies have home games through Tuesday. Today, is Nolan Arenado jersey night as the Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Rockies are next home June 6 to 7, and then June 15 through June 22.

Friday, June 16, is Jon Gray Hair Hat day, where the first 10,000 fans will receive a Rockies hat with hair flowing out of the back. The first 15,000 fans to the Father's Day game Sunday, June 18, will receive a Father's Day BBQ Spatula. On Wednesday, the $1 hot dog coupons will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans.

Did you know?

Denver has had a growth spurt over the past decade, resulting in less open space per person than the national norm, according to the Denver Post.

The hailstorm that hit Denver on May 8 will be the most expensive in state history with an estimated 150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners claims totaling $1.4 billion, according to The Denver Channel.