Windsor to unveil new Eastman Park River experience – Greeley Tribune
The communities of Windsor, Greeley, Evans and others in County Weld and beyond will have another option to enjoy the benefits and entertainment offered by Cache la Poudre River.
The city of Windsor is expected to present its newest attraction, the Eastman Park River Experience, to the public at 4 p.m. Friday. The Riverwalk is located at Eastman Park Drive and 7th Street, adjacent to the Eastman Park playground, soccer fields, skate park and the Poudre River Trail.
“Staff have always wondered how the Powder River fits into our recreation plan, but this became clear when we gathered feedback during our strategic parks, recreation and culture planning process.” Windsor’s utility manager Eric Lucas said in a city press release. “At the start of 2019, public comments showed us that we had the option of creating a river walk with access to the river. It was something that was a high priority for the residents. With this information in hand, the idea for the Eastman Park River Experience was born.
The Riverwalk is a new outdoor adventure location with dedicated gathering space as well as a mile from the river dedicated to kayaking, canoeing and tubing.
Some of the features of the new river walk include a dedicated float launch and exit area, a scenic spot on the river that provides river access for general water enjoyment, and endless panoramic views of the Cache River. the powder. The district also offers 160 parking spaces.
With plenty of picnic areas, Lucas predicts that the river walk will alleviate some of the burden imposed by the high number of visitors impacting Lake Windsor at Boardwalk Park.
The Riverwalk is just the first part of a multi-phased project.
Phase 1, a $ 1.5 million investment offset by park development costs, was approved in November 2019, with construction starting in October 2020.
This first part of the project not only included a dedicated river mile, but created a scenic river view for a view of the river and Long’s Peak, a new smooth-surfaced trail and the addition of 120 parking spaces and road improvements. .
“The opening of this first phase will benefit not only the community of Windsor, but also the region by providing additional river access. In addition, it will be a key destination for Poudre River Trails users, ”said Lucas. “This phase will propel staff and the city towards the completion of future phases that are already being designed.”
The next two phases should include the addition of trails, an outdoor space for classes, a nature playground and a possible zip line. Plans include adding river access on the south shore, subsequent parking improvements and preserving wetlands. Additions are also planned for the community treasure island demonstration garden.
Funding for future phases is expected to come from park development costs and other strategic partnerships with cities.
In addition to the river walk, the town is working on several other projects throughout the community, such as a new park and playground for the Harmony Ridge subdivision, finalizing plans for Jacoby Farm Park and a replacement playground for the Windsor Village Park.
There will also be the installation of a pedestrian river overpass that will complete the connections between the Kyger River Trail, which opened in 2020, and the Poudre River Trail along Colorado Boulevard.
For more information on the Eastman Park River Experience, as well as other Windsor parks and amenities, visit www.recreationliveshere.com/Parks.