Poudre Whitewater Park construction begins

FORT COLLINS — ECI Site Construction, a Loveland-based contractor focused on highly complex river work and parks and recreation, has begun work on the Poudre Whitewater Park located near downtown Fort Collins. The project will continue until late summer 2019.

Work will include removal of concrete diversion structures and restoration of the original channel, which will expand wildlife habitat, restore fish passage, improve stormwater conveyance and allow for increased public access, according to information from ECI.

The Poudre River Whitewater Park will offer year-round recreation.  Located just north of Old Town, the park will offer kayaking, tubing and other river pursuits. The north bank will be maintained as a natural area to encourage wildlife and add more diversity to plant life, which now consists of cottonwoods, willows and invasive grass. The south bank will be developed into a more-urban area, with a focus on public access, including an overlook terrace and a pedestrian bridge. Vine Drive currently has no curb and gutter structure and no drainage. Improvements will include drainage, a parking lot, on-street parking and a bike lane.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project that will create a shared vision for the future along the Poudre River,” said Jeron Siegert, project manager for ECI Site Construction. ECI is the trade name for Environmental Concerns Inc.

The project is being designed by Anderson Consulting Engineers, S2o Design and Engineering and BHA Design.