Guiding Principles for Eagle River and Chambers Parks Design
(in no particular order)
- Eagle River Park needs to focus on whitewater uses first and foremost, and not duplicate park amenities and programs that already exist in Eagle at other parks.
- Chambers Park is more appropriate for many of the park program uses contemplated and needs to be designed hand in hand with Eagle River Park.
- The Parks need to be programmed and designed for the primary user groups including local and destination river users, commercial river guides, and river based events.
- The new park(s) need to connect to downtown and help stimulate economic growth by creating a cohesive experience, and allow for a long- term ‘return on the investment’ tax payers are making.
- The new parks need to incorporate strong river ethics including education on river safety, environment, ecology, and history.
- The parks must be planned and designed consistent with long range plans including future connections and land uses and must not preclude future pedestrian and vehicular routes.
- Chambers Park boat ramp needs better staging, traffic circulation, parking and rely on Eagle River Park as support for parking and events.
- The design of the parks must incorporate native and drought tolerant landscaping, riparian vegetation, and a sustainable storm water management system.