If you boat on Cherry Creek, please read...
Anyone notice how the West boat ramp is still not open except weekends? The ANS bill that raised our fees for 2019 to fund better inspection hours and resources is so far a joke. Traditionally by May 1st boaters would see both the West and East ramps operating full swing, open early and late all days of the week.. I have to rant because it seems at possibly one of the busiest lakes in the front range boaters are getting less but paying significantly more to use this resource. The rangers would tell you that they can't find and train inspectors, or it is a budget issue. I'm not totally convinced, think it is a oversight and pure lazy management with other misaligned priorities getting in the way. Welcome to the government.
With the passage of the new ANS bill, I expected better access and overall conditions. I observed the opposite, a really late opening of the ramps in March (easily could have been boating two weeks earlier), and bare bones inspection crews in April. The docks are in bad shape as well...ever notice how there are only a few beat up cleats remaining to tie off on, gets worse each year. Really? Can't afford to put more than 4 crappy cleats in total on each ramp, how do you expect multiple boats to tie off on crazy windy days?!
What the state does not consider is that these conditions promote crowded ramps, boating frustration and angry park visitors. I watched a huge debacle unfold (one of many) where 5 boats tried to use the POS East ramp all at the same moment this Weds evening. All I can say is it was fortunate that the guy who fell overboard inbetween the boats and ramp did not get hurt. Too many inexperienced boaters jammed in too close to each other causes big problems. Mind you this was a weekday, at 5:30 pm, add in some booze and big attitudes and we might be seeing more than people soaking wet.
I think our states budget should allow for better facilities. Take similar parks like Chatfield, Pueblo, even Aurora, they provide much better ramps and access situations than at Cherry Creek. Go out of state to other much less populated areas, incredible facilities.
If you agree with my frustration, the only way things will get better is if you complain. The squeaky wheel principle. Please make your opinion known to the rangers or park supervisor at Creek. If we don't complain I am concerned our ever waning park privelleges will only get worse, become the new norm for future generations.