Dickens Farm Nature Area opening up kayaking in Longmont in the spring

The St. Vrain River is seen between Martine Street and Main Street in Longmont on Sept. 12. The Dickens Farm Nature Area will include a white water park. (Matthew Jonas, The Daily Camera)

Anticipation more than 15 years in the making will give way to adrenaline come spring when a new water park meant for kayaking and tubing opens at Dickens Farm Nature Area.

The new 52-acre nature area also will bring Longmont its first true access point to the St. Vrain River from a public park or open space.

“I find that exciting. People like to touch the water, play and fish in the water,” Longmont Senior Project Manager Steve Ransweiler said. “I think the other areas we’ve developed along the river just didn’t have this type of (access) feature.”

City officials in 2001 asked, through a Colorado water court, for the right to designate for recreational use water in the area south of the newly paved Boston Avenue and north of the Harvest Junction shopping center between Main and Martin streets. Conditional approval was granted in 2004.

But as designs for Dickens Farm were about to be finalized in 2013, major flooding of the St. Vrain in September of that year delayed the start of the work.

Read more about the nature area at The Daily Camera.

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