Scott Chism / Stephen Ellsperman
in early 2011, a series of environmental enhancements have been developed at
Rio Grande Park. Change has been
occurring at the park to meet the overall goal of accommodating and improving
the quality of approximately 2/3 of central Aspen’s storm water conveyance as
it passes from the storm drains to the Roaring Fork River. The scope of the project work has included
creation of a series of constructed wetlands and ponds within the lower
sections of the park to improve water quality, which is also the area of the
park designated as the John Denver Sanctuary.
Extensive site work has
occurred within the John Denver Sanctuary to fully realize the design vision
initiated in 2000, which includes perennial gardens, closeness to the river
riparian habitat and improvement of the Theatre Aspen performance venue. Theatre Aspen’s performance facility was
completely reconstructed in 2011 and 2012 and was designed to integrate into
the John Denver Sanctuary.
Improvements that have been
occurring in 2013 include construction of a new public restroom building that
will utilize composting toilet and gray water systems and a new irrigation pump
house building. Both buildings have been
built to better meet public park needs while achieving significant water
savings for park uses. The 2013 work
scope has also included a realignment of the Rio Grande Trail that passes
through Rio Grande Park. The new trail alignment includes two new pedestrian
bridges with an enhanced user experience adjacent to water courses. The Rio Grande Trail should be re-opened
through the park by mid-late November 2013.
final phase of environmental enhancements at Rio Grande Park will occur in 2014
and integrate storm water conveyance with improved pedestrian amenities along
North Mill Street and the western edge of the park.
planning effort has also been initiated in 2013 to design a ‘street-skate’
expansion area to the very popular Rio Grande Skatepark. A street-skate expansion area is planned to
be developed in mid-late 2014.
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Public Open House
Wednesday, July 17th from 2 pm – 6 pm & Friday, July 19th
from 11 am – 3 pm
Grande Skate Park
The Parks Department Staff will be present during this time
to absorb your thoughts, ideas & user needs for the proposed expansion of
the Rio Grande Skate Park. Parks staff
is interested in what type of skate park features & overall use would be
most preferred by all user groups of the skate community.
Please come & share your opinions for this proposed new
addition to the popular Rio Grande Skate Park!
Any Questions or comments please feel free to contact Steve
Cronin at the Parks Department at: 970-429-2896 or by email at
This project is 100% complete!
Currently, the existing bridge is
failing due to damage to one of the existing abutments. The new bridge
will utilize replacement abutments or caissons to regain the integrity
of the bridge landing. The bridge will need to span Maroon Creek
without supplemental piers or pylons.
The primary goals of the project are to:
- Remove the existing Bob Helm Bridge;
- Design a new bridge that will match the character of the old Bob Helm Bridge;
- Construct and install the new bridge.
New Bridge - Current Conditions 1/7/2013
This project is 100% complete!
The City of Aspen Parks Department has been given the
opportunity, through private donation, to enhance the current conditions
of the Aspen Golf Club’s practice facility. The desire for
improvements was brought forward early this spring of 2012. Soon after,
conceptual design started on a pitching / sand bunker practice area on
the west side of the driving range adjacent to the Chatfield Trail. This
area includes: a small pitching green, three types of sand bunkers, a
turf fairway leading up to the green from the existing chipping green,
and a large native landscape berm on the surrounding the pitching area
mainly for protection from the players hitting on the driving range.
Furthermore, the landscape berms potentially protect the trail users on
Chatfield Trail from less than proficient golf shots. This new practice
facility fills a much needed void for the top rated Aspen Golf Club.
Since its existence golfers have not been able to practice shots out of
the sand or hitting a long shot out of a fairway bunker. This area will
greatly enhance the courses practice facility, while improving its
excellence as one of the top municipal golf courses in the nation. This
is currently under construction and will be completed this spring
Another part of this project includes the
reconstruction of the driving range tee area. The current size of the
existing tee area does not provide sufficient space to retain a
favorable hitting surface due to constant usage. At its current size it
does not allow enough time to let the turf to regenerate fully to
re-use before golfers use the area again for practice. Consequently the
entire driving range tee ends up being in less than favorable
conditions during most of the golf season. Due to these ongoing
maintenance issues, the Parks Department along with the Aspen Golf Club
staff has found the need to increase the size of the driving range tees
by roughly 50% in size. The actual foot print of the tee area will not
increase substantially. The design intent was to create one larger
single driving range tee by combining the existing double tiered tee
hitting areas. This utilizes the space between the tees, as hitting
areas, creating a more sustainable site for users and staff. This project is 100% complete!
- The Smuggler Mountain Open Space trail restoration process will continue throughout this summer. The restoration will consist of restoring old double track roads into single track trails. With the help of RFOV the planting of trees, shrubs, and implementing native seed into these areas will greatly improve user experience while maintaining a pristine landscape. Want to help? Saturday, August 28 from 8am-4pm is the time to help restore the beautiful environment with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer’s. Contact 927-8241 to sign up.