Aspen kayak park hits its prime
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” Newly cleaned of debris, Aspen’s kayak park is hitting its prime as the swollen Roaring Fork River lives up to its name.
The city recently revitalized the park, a side channel along the south side of the river adjacent to Rio Grande Park, moving rocks and debris to clear the course for use.
The park, built in 1992, had seen little use in recent years. It filled up with silt and debris. High spring flows make the park’s drop features and pools navigable, so it’s now hitting its prime.
The channel offers beginner and intermediate boaters a place to practice when the Roaring Fork becomes a torrent, fueled by spring runoff, according to Phil Overeynder, utilities director for the city.
“I’ve taught tons of lessons there in in the past, and it is a real resource,” said Charlie MacArthur, owner/founder of the Aspen Kayak Academy, in a press release issued by the city.
The city obtained a recreational water right from the state in 2004 for the park.