EAGLE RIVER PARK
Eagle, Colorado is situated on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains, in the center of Colorado’s ski country. The Eagle River Park project was designed as a venue to attract summer visitors to the Town and to highlight the growing trend of creating a town centered around outdoor recreation.
The Eagle River Park is located at an existing 3+ rapid in a relatively calm section of the Eagle River. The design focused on habitat improvements, as well as creating a world-class whitewater venue. The design was vetted through an extensive public process and was a cooperative eﬀort with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. S2O Design completed all planning, design, permitting, and construction oversight of this project.
The whitewater park contains four drop structures and a crossvain diversion structure. The ﬁrst two drop structures contain a ﬁsh and boater by-pass channel and the last two drop structures contain a low-ﬂow ﬁsh notch. Habitat boulders and a ﬁ sh-friendly boulder cross-vain round out the design.
The drop structures are designed for a variety of ﬂows and conditions and features RapidBlocs compatible concrete pads that allow the features to be adjusted over time. Spectator viewing areas, judging platforms, a removable slalom mast system, and accessible ramps create a park that can be enjoyed by various users on a daily basis and a venue capable of hosting local and regional events.