Avon approves Whitewater Park/River Enhancement Construction Contract
The kayaking community came out in force at the Avon Council meeting Tuesday night to express its support of the proposed Avon whitewater park and river enhancements along the Eagle River.
The end result was a construction contract award to Ted Seipel Construction, Inc. to begin immediate construction of recreation enhancement project.
The project, designed by River Restroation.org in Glenwood Springs, has been underway for well over a year and worked its way through various delays and difficulties to get to the point of construction. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 404 permit, the construction in the river must be completed by October 1, 2006. This means Seipel Construction must begin construction immediately and have all materials on site by September 1.
The total project budget is $523,950 and $50,000 each has been received or committed by Avon’s valued partners in this project, Eagle County, Beaver Creek Resort Company, and East West Partners.
The project was also made possible through access easements granted to Avon by Vail Resorts.
The whitewater park and river enhancements provide significant opportunity to enhance the Eagle River through Avon thereby creating a recreational destination and a natural amenity that can be enjoyed throughout Spring, Summer and Fall. Improvements to recreation and ecology include whitewater features, navigation passages, riparian zone enhancements and designated access.