Drink a Beer in Support of Montrose Whitewater Park
by Gus Jarvis
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Tap Night, Silent Auction Set for Sept. 17 at Horsefly

MONTROSE – To celebrate and raise funds for the Montrose Water Sports Park, River Trail and Field Renovation project planned for Baldridge Park, the Montrose Recreation Foundation is hosting a tap night at the Horsefly Brewing Co. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The event will feature a silent auction, and for every beverage purchased during the tap night, Horsefly Brewing Co. will donate $1 to the Montrose Water Sports Park. The Montrose Recreation Foundation is hoping to raise at least $3,000 for the park. Any amount raised over $3,000 on Tuesday will go toward the foundation’s swim-lesson scholarship fund promoting water safety and education for families in need.

The water park application was one of eight proposals selected to receive Great Outdoors Colorado grant funding, it was announced in June. The $259,384 received will go toward building a whitewater park on the Uncompahgre River, where it flows through Baldridge Park, to  support kayaking, tubing and swimming – as well as 2,000 feet of concrete trail, 1,900 feet of soft-surface trail and river signage.

“We see next Tuesday as a celebration of winning that grant, and also an opportunity for the community to come together and support it,” Montrose Recreation Foundation Board President Lori Sharp said Tuesday.

The river project is a collaboration between the Montrose Recreation District, the City of Montrose, Montrose County, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Montrose Recreation Foundation, LiveWell Montrose-Olathe, Friends of the River Uncompahgre, Welcome Home Montrose and the Montrose Community Foundation. The Montrose Recreation Foundation pledged to raise $3,000 from the community as a part of the grant application.

“We were proud to be a partner in helping the Water Sports Park become a reality for our community,” Sharp said. “The project will provide upgrades to Baldridge Park, as well as creating a Water Sports Park that will benefit the community as users and as a magnet for tourism.

“We have this fabulous river and now we are going to have fabulous access to the river and it will put it in the hands of so many more people,” Sharp said, going on to observe that Montrose citizens selected a whitewater park and river trails as their highest-priority projects during the Uncompahgre Riverway Master Plan process. Two additional citizen surveys show widespread support for the other project components, which include a sensory playground, fitness stations, picnic tables and baseball/softball field upgrades at the Ute/McNeil Fields. These improvements will enhance safety for baseball/softball participants and provide new amenities for other park users. The project is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2015.

For more information on the project, visit http://montroserec.com/index.aspx?nid=71, near the bottom of the page.

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