MAY 5, 2020
Welcome to the Parks & Recreation Roundup, a bi-monthly publication aimed at
keeping the community informed on our programs, events, and partnerships
Muddy Trail Etiquette
As spring slowly progresses across the valley, and the terrain starts to dry out, we ask that you respect trail closures and help prevent long-term damage by staying off of muddy trails. Currently all city-maintained Emerald Mountain singletrack trails are closed due to muddy conditions. Our Trails and Open Space crew is monitoring the city trail network and will mark trails open once it is appropriate to do so.
Recreation Facilities Reopen
As Colorado moves into the Safer at Home phase, the city is beginning to reopen a limited number of park facilities under the new guidelines. With these openings, you should expect changes and modifications to facility use. Users must adhere to all public health and distancing guidelines in place for each location. Failure to follow the posted rules and guidelines may result in future facility closures.
Water Levels on the Rise
While peak flows vary, the Yampa River has risen nearly 1,000 cfs in the past week, and smaller tributaries are also swelling to much higher levels. Some local creeks and other low-lying areas may be entering their peak runoff period, and the city encourages residents to take precautionary measures now to prevent damages from high water and potential flooding. Also, use caution when recreating on or near the water.
Botanic Park Now Open
April showers, or in our case, April snow showers, bring May flowers. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a visit to the Yampa River Botanic Park, which is now open to visitors from dawn til dusk daily. Those who plan on visiting the park this spring should be aware that additional public health and distancing practices will be required in adherence to current state and local health orders.
2020 Water Conservation Plan
The City of Steamboat Springs and Mount Werner Water & Sanitation District adopted the 2020 Water Conservation Plan earlier this month, and an ordinance implementing a new watering schedule will go before City Council for a second and final reading tonight. The plan looks to preserve the health of Fish Creek and the Yampa River, and protect drinking water supplies, while reducing the carbon footprint of our valley.
Thank a Healthcare Worker
UC Health has recently started a campaign to give encouragement to healthcare staff who are on the frontlines caring for those in our community impacted by COVID-19. UC Health is asking you to go online and send a free note of encouragement to staff and healthcare providers. It's easy, just visit the link below, type your message, then click submit! UC Health administrators will print and hang the letters at local facilities.
A special COVID-19 page has been created on our website to help you navigate through these uncertain times. The page contains key information about the disease, as well as, Routt County and City of Steamboat Springs press releases, executive orders, emergency hotline numbers, and important contact information.

Visit the City of Steamboat Springs website by clicking on the button below for current information, updates and a list of resources related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
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