Boaters voice strong support for exceptionally powerful waves at Eagle River Park
More than twenty paddlers gathered at Eagle Town Hall for two hours on Thursday, January 19th, to review designs for the four whitewater wave features planned for the Eagle River Park. From talented teens to gray haired river rats, the audience included an all-star cast of kayakers and SUP experts, many with decades of experience competing on rivers and in whitewater parks all across the country and throughout the world.
Engineer and former Olympic kayaker Scott Shipley, of S2O Designs, presented an overview of the plans for the Eagle River. Shipley focused the presentation around explaining a number of newly added details shown in the drawings as well as changes and refinements made to various elements throughout the reach. The S2o PowerPoint Presentation included a series of 3-D computer generated graphic images illustrating the river bed with the addition of the four wave structures from a variety of angles. Also in the presentation was a chart illustrating the number of days the Eagle River has within various flow ranges each year over the past ten years.
Following the main meeting, many in the group reconvened at Bonfire Brewery with Shipley to continue providing valuable suggestions and feedback about the project details. Much of this lively discussion by local boaters was later condensed into helpful written suggestions for the Town to consider.
The Town of Eagle is grateful to the active boaters in the community for their unwavering dedication to bringing the Eagle River Park to fruition. Local boaters continue to provide remarkable support and direction to the Town of Eagle. The Town is listening to feedback from all perspectives and is working with the engineers and design team to do everything possible to ensure the Eagle River Park provides a world class whitewater boating experience that improves the quality of life for the people of Eagle.
SAVE THE DATE:
Join us for the next Eagle River Park Public Input Gathering scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd, at the Brush Creek Pavilion at 6 PM. This is your project, please come share your experience and perspective.
Visit www.eagleoutside.com/riverpark for more info!
CLICK HERE for a pdf of the presentation given by S2O Design.
CLICK HERE for more detailed notes from the meeting and the letter from the boating community.