(2005-2007) | Vail | RiverRestoration.org


P.O. Box 2123
Glenwood Springs, CO
(970) 947-9568
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RiverRestoration.org is dedicated to resolving River issues. RiverRestoration.org provides the creative planning, engineering and technical support required in any successful river project. Our philosophy is to take a whole system approach to river projects to meet the multiple needs of ecology, recreation and water users for an overall higher functioning system. We identify degradations, uncover use issues and site constaints, and find solutions that benefit the whole system.

Whitewater Park Modifications at Vail

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Concept alternatives
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Inflatable bladders just after installation
Gore Creek, Colorado

Vail built a Whitewater Park in 2001 to create an event venue for kayak competitions. By 2004 Vail desired to improve the original park performance in order to meet the expanding skill level of freestyle kayaking. The floodplain was found to be a significant constraint on the site. RiverRestoration.org investigated the feasibility of numerous structural solutions that could be adjusted to not impact the floodplain and maintain RICD. Inflatable bladders were the selected alternative. Final design was advertised for bid. Bank work was complete in fall of 2006, and the second Phase of installing the adjustable bladders was complete in fall of 2007.
REFRENCE: Gregg Barrie, Town Landscape Architect, Town of Vail, CO (970) 479-2107.

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  • High level of BMPs to protect downstream Gold Medal Fishery
  • Modifications meet the expanding skill level and technology of the sport
  • Site of Teva Mountain Games

The feature during the 2006 Teva Mountain Games Pro Rodeo Kayak Event (photographs courtesy of the Vail Daily)