Surfs Up on the South Platte
Surf is in at the new River Run Park in Englewood, Colorado. The new park, part of a twenty-five million dollar plan to revitalize and reconfigure several drops on the South Platte in the southern Denver metro area is open. Partners for River Run Park included the cities of Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan; the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Department; the South Suburban Parks and Recreation and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District; and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group of Merrick & Company, which focuses on recreational whitewater and open channel hydraulics, designed the park.
The park designed for river surfers by river surfers is sure to please SUP enthusiast with its two open features. The top feature is perfect for the Hala Peno, while beginners will find the lower feature suitable for boards like the Hala Atcha 86 and Hala Atcha. More advanced riders can try board slides on the sides of the features.
The Colorado SUP Club (www.ColoradoSUP.Club) will be adding a unique amenity to the park for club members. They will have a locked vault with access for club members to a permanent industrial sized air compressor. This will allow paddlers to come to the park with just their board and gear, no need to haul along a pump. This opens up the South Platte to resident who want to ride the light rail from Downtown or other stops to the Oxford Station. After a short walk over to the new park, they can inflate their board and float back downtown, for a true environmentally friendly urban SUP experience, utilizing the light rail for their shuttle!
With more features set to open further upstream in future years, this new resource for paddlers in the Denver community is sure to please for decades to come.
By John Blackshire