People gather at the promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area for the Free Summer Concert Series show featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops. The promenade has been featured in the latest issue of Landscape Architect magazine.

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People gather at the promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area for the Free Summer Concert Series show featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops. The promenade has been featured in the latest issue of Landscape Architect magazine.

Promenade at base of Steamboat Ski Area featured in new magazine article

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— The promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is back in the national spotlight.

The latest props come in the form of a 10-page article and photo spread in the latest issue of Landscape Architect magazine.

“I think this is a good promotion for Steamboat,” said David Baldinger Jr., the co-chair of the advisory committee that is helping to oversee the ongoing improvements at the base area. “That's one of the goals is we're keeping pace with other resorts and doing these improvements.”

The article on the promenade focuses on the design and the history of the project that dramatically changed the feel of the base area.

The project added a heated public walkway and a daylighted Burgess Creek at the base, and was finished in 2011.

Construction started in 2007.

Danny Paul, a staff engineer for the city of Steamboat Springs who works on the base area projects, said the project can serve as a “good model” for other communities.

“As you know, the base area used to be very disconnected and was actually deemed as a blighted area,” Paul said. “What we've done is provide one continuous walkway so you can get from one area to another.”

The magazine article is the latest accolade for the project.

In 2012, the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association gave the promenade an award for excellence in engineering and construction.

It went on to win other awards for design and construction.

Paul hopes the accolades for the project don't stop.

“Hopefully we continue to get the spotlight on a national level and we get guests coming here to spend their money,” he said. “We continue to try and get this type of good publicity so people can see all the cool things we did.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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