Chatfield State Park announces limited summer closures
Credit: CPW News Release
Littleton, Colo. -- Visitors to Chatfield State Park and residents living nearby have certainly noticed the construction related to the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project, or CSRP, and its impacts on the park. Projects of this magnitude bring unavoidable impacts on visitors and park activities one of the most notable impacts this summer is that the Swim Beach will be closed for the season. Due to unforeseen construction-related circumstances, the necessary infrastructure will not be completed in time to open the beach this summer.
Its unfortunate that the Swim Beach is going to be closed this summer, said Chatfield State Park Operations Manager Kris Wahlers. The beach is very popular and not having it available could have an impact on our visitors. However, its important to take the extra time to ensure that the project gets done correctly to avoid any issues in the future.
The most current schedule for other affected areas is North Boat Ramps Open as of April 1 Massey Draw Scheduled to re-open by May 1 Balloon Launch/Deer Creek Day Use Area Scheduled to re-open on May 1 (ahead of schedule) Eagle Cove Scheduled to re-open by May 25 Plum Creek Picnic Area scheduled to re-open by May 25 Perimeter Road scheduled to re-open by May 25. In the mean time, be sure to use the East entrance from Titan Rd. to access eastern park facilities and the West entrance from Wadsworth to access western park facilities. Jamison Day Use Area scheduled to re-open July 2 Catfish Flats Day Use Area scheduled to re-open on July 27 Fox Run Day Use Area scheduled to re-open on July 27 Plum Creek Nature Area & Trail scheduled to re-open during the fall of 2018 The second phase of the project is to begin this fall and will affect the Gravel Ponds, Kingfisher, South Platte River, Roxborough Cove, the South Boat Ramps, and the Marina areas. Work on those areas is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.
When visiting and enjoying Chatfield this summer, please remember that there will still be active construction. Be alert to the construction traffic and heed all construction and closure signs they are there for your safety.
The CSRP had been under development for over 10 years before breaking ground last fall. When complete, the Reservoir will be able to accommodate an additional 20,600 acre feet of water storage that will be used by municipal water providers and agricultural organizations to help meet the diverse needs of the state.
For a current construction schedule and more information about the project, please visit www.chatfieldreallocation.org.