City in channel for whitewater funds

Durango City Council approves $350K grant application for park

Now that Durango has shown it can host bicycling competitions such as the start of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the city is looking for funding to turn the Animas River into a venue for kayaking and other whitewater competitions.

The City Council on Tuesday authorized a grant application from Great Outdoors Colorado trust funds for $350,000 to make a whitewater park on the Animas River.

The project is estimated to cost $1.26 million, but the city plans to supplement the project’s funding with $899,450 from the city’s Open Space, Parks and Trails funds and with contributions of $4,550 from Durango Whitewater, $5,000 from the Southwestern Water Conservation District $500 from Trout Unlimited, and $500 from Commercial River Outfitters.

The city also is counting on in-kind contributions from the Glacier Club, the Colorado National Guard and Southwest Conservation Corps.

This is the second attempt for a whitewater park grant since an application for a competitive grant for $1.8 million from the Great Outdoors Colorado River Corridor failed earlier this year.

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