The Greenway Foundation, Denver Trout Unlimited and many other government and non-governmental interests have formed a coalition Called RISO, which stands for River South to study and ultimately transform the river into a recreation amenity.
Serious work is underway with feasibility and public input. There is a chance for you to turn out and hear about what the S. Platte will become in the future.
RISO Greenway Master Plan Public Outreach meeting
Monday, July 27, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mile High Station
2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue
(Directions: Go to Mile High Station website www.milehighstation.com or call 720-946-7721.)
The public is invited to hear about general planning concepts being envisioned for the RISO Greenway Master Plan area and to seek public input.
The objective of the River South Greenway Master Plan is to generate a park, recreation and open space plan that sets a vision for the South Platte River and creates development, financial and regulatory guidelines for parkland along the River between 20th Street to the Denver-Englewood/Sheridan city limits on the south. The project boundary for developing master planning proposals is defined as the South Platte River and all properties located adjacent to and/or contiguous with the River, approximately 200 feet from the top of the riverbank in either direction. Consideration will be given to opportunity linkages brought about by river improvements in the area between Federal Boulevard on the west to Broadway on the east.
If you don’t have time to attend, take a look at The Greenway Foundation’s Website, Click on the Special Events Tab and go to Projects to see what is happing on the urban S. Platte River.
During the last few months Denver TU has been underway with a feasibility study to determine what improvements would best benefit the river for improvement for native fishes and recreational fishing.
An excerpt of our report follows:
Specific objectives of this project are to restore approximately 13,000 linear feet (2.5 miles) of the South
Platte River and adjacent wetland and riparian habitat within the South Platte Park. A variety of habitat
types including natural riffles, pools and glide sections could be created, replacing natural stream
habitat that has been impacted by the construction of Chatfield Dam and implementation of flood
control measures. A conceptual design plan showing the project stationing, proposed locations of
riffles/pools, longitudinal profiles, cobble bars/terraces and bank stabilization.
With some luck, hard work, and fun fundraisers like The Carp Slam,
we will make this dream a reality.
We are getting closer to the big day. I had a little tease on Monday night. I went to look at the river because TrophyRoom.com is going to film an intro for the Carp Slam. The flow was perfect, about 75cfs and clear. I looked off the bridge and saw 15+ fish over 30lbs. No joke! They were happy and eating. Of couse Monday night we had that huge storm, Tuesday morning the river was mud and fish were probably safe from practice sessions. We’ve seen fewer and fewer thunderstorms roll through Denver as the summer has progress, and I suspect by August 22nd the Front Range will be dry as a bone, and the urban South Platte clear as a bell. The sponsors think so too.
Ross World Wide has donated a Essence 690-4 and an Airus 3 fly reel, and again this year RIO Fly Lines is donating their Carp line and 3 packs of leaders to all participants and volunteers.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you better do it soon – spaces are filling up fast!
Need more information? Contact me at Tim [at] Fishexplorer.com.