Steamboat bike park still in wait-and-see mode
Parks and Recreation Commission tables vote Wednesday
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Steamboat Springs — The future of a proposed bike park near Steamboat's Whistler Park remains uncertain after the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday decided to table a vote on whether the city should assume liability for the course.
Commission Chairman Jack Trautman said Thursday that the group wants to wait until the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District's board of directors votes next month on whether to allow the park to be built on its 2-acre parcel of land between Walton Creek and Whistler Park. A Parks and Recreation Commission meeting Nov. 9 is the earliest opportunity the commission will have to vote on the proposed park. The Mount Werner Water District is expected to vote on whether to approve the park at its Oct. 21 meeting.
"We have no decision to make until the water board decides whether to allow the project to move forward on their land," Trautman said.
Trautman said the approval process has taken longer than anticipated. The park's construction now won't start until next spring if planners can clear the final hurdles. Trautman said in the meantime the commission would look for alternative, permanent sites for the bike park in case it cannot be constructed near Whistler Park.
"The decision last night was just fine," park planner Blair Seymour said Thursday. "It was what needed to be done because the (Mount Werner Water District) board is still undecided on whether it still supports us. Now we will have some time to work through some issues, and we'll readjust (our plan) at the end of October."
The Routt County Planning Commission also must approve a temporary land-use permit before construction on the park — which would include a dirt course, jump lines and a pump track — can be started.