Volunteers, donations help with whitewater project

A wonderful transformation has occurred in downtown Pagosa Springs over the last couple of weeks, and it’s time to officially thank the various talented individuals and generous citizens who made our new river improvement project such an apparent success.

Through the efforts of these folks a new whitewater feature, as yet unnamed, has been created, and fish habitat and fisherman’s access have been enhanced.

Riverbend Engineering of Pagosa Springs, represented by Chris Philips, Chris Pitcher and Brad Meyer, did the design work, set up the necessary meetings with the various stakeholders, coordinated the construction, and oversaw two weeks of intensive work. Their professionalism and thoroughness made a complex process as smooth and natural as the flow of snowmelt over the new drop.

The majority of the actual construction was accomplished by crews and equipment generously donated by Wolf Creek Ski Area and Hart Construction. They removed noncompliant structures and built the new drop and four mitigation structures with fisherman’s access along South 6th Street. Thanks go to Davey Pitcher and Bob Hart, and to their crew members: Steve Laverty, Mark Kuhns and Rich Young of Wolf Creek; and Brian Escude, Carlos Rivera and Myron Appel of Hart Construction. Without their contributions, this project could not have been completed.

Prior to work beginning, meetings with representatives of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and communication with The United States Army Corps of Engineers resulted in the necessary permits being issued in a manner timely enough to assure completion before the spring runoff drove us from the river. Thanks to Jim White and Kara Hellige for their patience, guidance and, ultimately, permission to do the necessary work.

Pagosa is blessed with a number of citizens who will show up and work hard whenever the call for volunteers goes out. Our river work has consistently been aided by the presence of Anthony Doctor (“Doc’s Drop” anyone?), and this year was no exception. He was joined by fellow boater Eric Deitemeyer.

Chris Gallegos of the Town of Pagosa Springs Streets Department provided personnel and equipment for logistical support, and the Town’s Parks Department contributed as well.

Finally, a note of thanks is due to the Whittington Family and the Springs Resort, who supported the current plan and stored the boulders used in the construction on their property for a number of years.

Thanks again to all these good friends of the river for the creation of features and amenities that will enhance the enjoyment of our beautiful San Juan for residents and visitors alike for many years to come.

— Jim Miller, Parks Department Superintendent.

Trash receptacles

In recent weeks, the parks crew has repeatedly encountered an abundance of household refuse in trash receptacles while making its daily trash runs through the town parks.

Trash receptacles are placed around the parks for the convenience of parks users, and having citizens use them for personal disposal puts an unforeseen and untenable strain on the resources of the parks department.

In addition, violators will face prosecution, including the possibility of jail time and fines. Residents are reminded to refrain from leaving household rubbish in receptacles placed on town property; thanks for your cooperation.


The Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is accepting registrations for this year’s tee-ball league through April 1.

Any child who will be 5 or 6 years old as of April 1 is eligible to participate. Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and have been dispersed to local schools.

Registrations are also available for download in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. The season is tentatively scheduled to begin in early April.

Coaches and sponsorships for this year’s tee-ball teams are also needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture, and designation on season banners and in media articles.

For more information, call the recreation office 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Adult basketball

Adult basketball schedules are available at the recreation office and on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com. The season will run through mid-April.

Rosters may carry as many as 15 players; players are eligible to participate if they were 16 years of age or older as of March 1. Players may be added to the roster at any time throughout the season, but participants who have not paid the $30 player fee before the start of their second game will not be permitted to play.

Call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 for more information.

Indoor soccer

Due to scheduling conflicts, indoor soccer at the community center has been canceled; play is tentatively scheduled to resume outdoors in April, weather and field conditions permitting.

For more information on this program, contact Matt Bowdridge at 903-8663, or call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Fireworks donations

The recreation department is accepting donations for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show.

Donations in any amount will be accepted; checks and money orders should be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs.

Donations should be addressed “Attention: Fireworks” and mailed to P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. If you would like to make a cash donation, please do so in person at the front desk in Town Hall.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151 Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

if you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Photo courtesy Nancy Bard
The town Youth Basketball 11-12 championship was decided March 16. The winning team was, back row, from left, Ben Bard, Trevor Close, Kyler McKee, Briar Erskine, Elias Appenzeller and Coach Dave Close. In front are Austin Courtney, Weldon Hughes, Matthew Huck, Ryan McInnis and Kaden Henderson.