Photo by Dean Humphrey

Noah Wesley of Buena Vista tries out the new Montrose Water Sports Park at Baldridge Park as fishermen wet a line on the Uncompahgre River.


Montrose Water Sports Park an instant hit

MONTROSE — Karl Jarvis dips his left shoulder and spins his kayak 360 degrees with a cascade of water following him around.
The 28-year-old Glenwood Springs kayaker paddles and flips his craft sideways with impressive ease, then continues to paddle in the whitewater wave.
Minus the giggles and screams that come from the nearby children’s playground area, Jarvis is playing in Colorado’s newest whitewater playground.
A handful of people are watching from the terraced spectating areas as two kayakers paddle into separate sections of the Montrose Water Sports Park in Baldridge Park, also known to locals as Riverbottom Park, near the Uncompahgre River.
“Really fun, what a great park,” Jarvis said, smiling.
The Montrose water park was completed in early February, and the reviews have been outstanding.
“It’s awesome. I’m really excited about it, and it’s way bigger than I thought we’d get,” said Shawn Lund, an avid kayaker and band director at Centennial Middle School in Montrose.

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