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Handicap Fishing Access Area Completed!

Sometimes the road is empty,

Sometimes the weather is bad,

But the work goes on with the

Best volunteers to be had.

A dedicated crew of volunteers has rebuilt one of the treasures of Big Thompson Canyon, the handicapped fishing area!

The area features a 160 foot long wheelchair ramp which leads to a large lower landing with three wheelchair accessible fishing piers that extend to the edge of the water. There is also a stairway for those more agile, that leads to the parking area.

The project to restore the handicap fishing access at Mile Marker 72 has been a labor of love for crew chief, Dallas Maurer and the numerous volunteers who have been giving of the time, expertise and energy. Volunteer efforts have been indispensable and a great joyto behold. Eagle Rock School sent a work crew, whose enthusiasm was contagious. They arrived on the day after a spring snow storm and helped with a major part of the project.

Other volunteers have been there nearly every Saturday throughout the summer. Not all of the 30+ volunteers were even from Colorado, a couple were from Kentucky and Louisiana, and from all over the Front Range.

Many thanks go out to: Rick Spowart, Colorado D.O.W., who stored materials for the project over the duration; Susan and her crew at Estes Park Rent-All; and the boys at Park Supply. Their help has made it possible to go forward in a timely manner.

The handicap fishing access is an invaluable resource for our community. One recent Saturday morning, while were working on the last of the repairs, a car pulled in, containing a handicapped individual, Richard Ricci of Fort Collins.

Courtesy Photos

His friend and caregiver were able to get his wheelchair down to one of the fishing piers. While there, they watched a fly fisherman in the river and were able to experience the beauty of the Big Thompson River and the great outdoors.

Robert was thrilled to have been able to get to the river and thanked the crew profusely. He promised that he would return, and bring his fishing rod!

That was truly a moment when all of the hard work on the project finally came to completion. The reason we were all so persistent had come to call.

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