Phase 1 was completed in 2020/2021. Users can now access the river on both the north and south banks of the Rio Grande next to Colorado Highway 112.
The massive whitewater feature, made of large boulders and concrete, is a multi-use boating and play wave flanked by tiered-boulder banks. In the spring the concrete chute creates exciting kayaking and rafting opportunities, while late in the season it is popular for paddleboarding, tubing, body surfing, and as a refreshing swimming hole for the community.
The structure incorporates a fish ladder for passage upstream, and the river work includes bank restoration work and new trout habitat structures.
The Riverfront Park will remain a natural habitat with old cottonwood trees and willows. The park contains a new boat ramp, ample parking area and turn-around space, an ADA accessible picnic area with a pavilion, benches, wildlife-proof trash cans, and a clothes-changing structure.
The project physically connects the people of the valley to the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande is and has always been the lifeblood of the Valley, and now families are touching, playing, and enjoying it together.