“Connecting the heart of Eagle to the soul of the river!”
The River Park project will take the Town of Eagle’s recreation opportunities to the next level! Once complete, Eagle will have a world class whitewater park drawing visitors, athletes, and events from around the region…but that’s not all. The town of Eagle is focused on creating the best park possible for the community.
This park will serve all members of the community with amenities for all ages, abilities, and recreation interests reaching from Chambers park through the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Grounds. Achieving this goal is a big feat, and each component requires a specific set of technical knowledge, collaboration, and creativity.
Upland Park Design Is Progressing – 60% drawings posted!
Based on continued community feedback and direction from the Steering Committee, the Eagle River Park design has reached 60%! Take a look at the Upland Park Tab for the updated plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Town Board of Trustees are reviewing the plans at their upcoming meetings on July 18, 2017 and July 25, 2017 respectively.
Whitewater design and engineering firm, S2O Design, has been working over the past year on the design of the whitewater features for the future whitewater park in Eagle!
The images below reflect the design and engineering as of January 2017, which is 95% complete. A recap of the River Park Boaters Meeting on Jan 19th can be found on the Eagle Outside Blog HERE. Great feedback was received and the final design will reflect additional tweaks based on that feedback.
The whitewater park will feature waves, eddies, chutes, and drops that are fun to tube and float during low water times, but will gain in size and power as the flows increase. At higher flows this otherwise tame section of the Eagle River will feature large waves that kayakers and SUPers can surf and play on. The features will be ideal for competitions and festivals as well an afternoon surf after work. The project adjusts the configuration of the existing diversion structure and creates four new wave features (Drops 1-4).
The structure creates what is formerly the “Rodeo Hole” located at the upstream reach of the whitewater park. The feature is currently three drop structures that can create a large hole at some flows that flips rafts. There are also undercut areas on the river left in this area. The new design creates a roughened riffle that will be extended from the point of diversion downstream at a 1.5% grade in this area to decrease the current risk. The caves will be filled with rock and the diversion itself will be a small arched structure that is inundated at higher flows.
The future whitewater park features referred to as Drops 1 and 2 have a bypass channel aligned next to them that will allow boaters and tubers to bypass these first two features to the left. The bypass channel provides a calm route around the largest of the four features that are being created and also creates a pathway back upstream for fish that migrate through this reach of the river.
Full sets of engineering drawings and specifications of the features are available for review at the Town of Eagle Community Development Department, or electronically upon request. Please contact Tom Boni at email@example.com or 970-328-9619.
The Upland Park component of the River Park project includes Chambers Park and park improvements north of the river in an area that is currently the truck parking gravel lot along the frontage road of I-70.
The town of Eagle has selected civil engineering firm, Alpine Engineering, and landscape architecture/architecture firm, Zehren and Associates, to design the Upland Park area and create a seamless transition between park amenities on the banks with whitewater access and activities in the water. The design of the park has begun and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.
Park Design at 60%!
The design team received over 250 comments during the Eagle Outside Festival and the Eagle River Jam on the conceptual design of the Eagle River Park. Since that great event in June, the team has revised the plan with continued feedback from members of the community and direction from the Steering Committee. The plan has evolved and 60% design drawings were received on July 12, 2017! Community members are encouraged to check out the new plans below and attend the upcoming public meetings: Planning and Zoning Commission on July 18, 2017 and Town Board of Trustees on July 25, 2017. Both the Commission and Town Board will be reviewing a Special Use Permit and Development Permit for the project. The project team will continue to refine the plan with feedback from the Commission and Town Board as well as information gained through the cost estimating exercise that is currently being conducted. Comments on the plan are still be accepted through the link on the right side of this page.
Design Process to Date
The project team has been working since the beginning of 2017 on the design of the Eagle River Park. Below is a brief recap of the design process including information about the public input meetings, design updates, and images of how the project has progressed over time!
Eagle Outside Festival and Eagle River Jam
Community members viewed conceptual plans (30% progress) and provided input at two events during the Eagle River Jam and Eagle Outside Festival in June 2017. This kick-off to summer was a huge success and feedback received helped us move the design of the park forward. The plan showed the revised park entry and preservation of the private property boundaries on the east end of the park. The plan also featured a grand staircase, walking path, picnic areas, and other park amenities that the community has identified as important!
Public Input Meeting #2 (April 12th)
On April 12th, Alpine Engineering and Zehren and Associates revealed the first concept plan for the Upland Park, Chambers Park, and the Exhibit Hall parking area. The design team received 250+ comments at the first public meeting, the 20+ comments received through the online comment portal, and further direction from the 30 member steering committee. The scope of work for the design team includes the redesign of the parking area for the Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds, the design of the Upland Park, and a redesign of Chambers Park to 30% design. CLICK HERE for the full presentation.
Click the images below to view, download, and print the park concept. The first is the full plan showing the Exhibit Hall, Upland Park, and Chambers. The second is a detail of the Upland Park with a key of all the proposed features. The second includes images of what some of the Upland Park features could look like.
This is a sizable project and not all of the items can be completed at once. As the project progresses, we will start to talk with community members about what features are most important to the success of the upland park. The current approach is outlined in the image below. Items are in either Phase 1, Phase 2, or Future Phases and only represent a suggestion at this time. The project team is working to refine cost estimates and gather additional information that will help the community prioritize as we move forward.
Public Input Meeting #1 (February 23rd)
If you missed the first Public Input meeting and would like to view the full Overview Presentation, click the images below! The first image is the full presentation, the second image is only the concept diagrams.