City of Steamboat Springs, CO

Dr. Rich Weiss Park is one of the most heavily used pocket parks within the heart of Steamboat Springs. This heavy use has led to loss of significant riparian vegetation, bank erosion and degradation of the hot springs that are a central feature of this park. ERC was hired by the City to design improvements that would stabilize the stream bank and improve water quality through minimization of erosion and reestablishment of a riparian interface. ERC’s work also included redesigning the hot springs area to make it more accessible and safe for users. Work required coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and floodplain analysis to ensure proposed modifications did not increase safety hazards along this 250 foot stretch of river.