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City of Steamboat almost ready to seek blueprints for Yampa River Queen playground’s replacement

Parks supervisor Ernie Jenkins said the Yampa River Queen was built sometime in the 1980s at West Lincoln Park.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will help decide Wednesday night whether the city is ready to seek a new set of blueprints for the vessel that will replace the Yampa River Queen in West Lincoln Park.

City officials have drafted a request for proposals seeking the designs for a new Steamboat-themed shade structure.

The budget for the project is just shy of $150,000, but there is a possibility a fundraising campaign will be launched to try and get an additional $50,000 from the community for a more ambitious concept.

The city is also leaving the door open to some parts of the existing River Queen being reused in the new park amenity.

On Wednesday night, the Parks and Recreation Comission will be asked if it is ready to endorse the guidelines for the River Queen's replacement.

It will then be up to contractors and builders to submit conceptual drawings of what they think could be built.

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The city was originally scheduled to remove the River Queen and replace it with a shade structure that resembled a hay or horse shed.

But following a community outcry and a petition signed by more than 1,000 people who wanted to "Save the Queen," the Parks and Recreation Commission charted a new course and decided to seek proposals for a new shade structure that resembled the old riverboat.

The park plans still call for interactive musical instruments that children could play.

The new plan has been met with some concern on the council dais, however.

At a recent council meeting, councilwoman Kathi Meyer expressed concern about the River Queen replacement project becoming the city's next "Igloo."

The Igloo is a child care facility that was going to be replaced with a new modular until the cost of that project skyrocketed, leading the council to pull the plug and try to find a different solution.

The request for proposals the city is planning to put out caps the project budget at $149,355.

Bidders could also submit a second conceptual plan with improvements that could be acted on if an additional $50,000 is raised.

Construction on the new playground amenities would start in August.

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