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Durango Mesa Area Plan

The City of Durango is initiating the development of an area plan for Durango Mesa, the property previously known as Ewing Mesa. With the assistance of the community, the City and its partners will identify future uses for the property that will focus on recreation, cultural amenities, open space and other public purposes consistent with the goals of the City’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan and the soon to be completed Parks, Opens Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. The plan will also incorporate the findings of the recently completed La Plata County Multi-Use Event Center Master Plan.  Development of the Durango Mesa Area Plan is being funded through a generous $100,000 grant from the LOR Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing livability and quality of life in the Intermountain West.

Presentation and information from the Public Meeting on April 5, 2018

Cundiff Park/Santa Rita Park Planning & Design

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department continues the planning and design process for the development of Cundiff Park and redevelopment of Santa Rita Park with the second community meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2017 from 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 pm in the Smith Chamber at City Hall, 949 E. 2nd Avenue.  The open house begins at 4:45 p.m., the presentation begins at 5:15 p.m. with discussion following presentation.  The preliminary options for the two parks will be presented for public review and comment.  Park design options for both parks are being developed from public input gained at Open House #1 and from surveys associated with the 2018 update to the Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan.

Both Cundiff Park and Santa Rita Park provide important recreational amenities to the greater Durango community.   Please join City staff and representatives of DHM Design to help guide the future development and redevelopment of these two multi-faceted public parks.

Cundiff Park/Santa Rita Park Planning & Design Documents:


Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection

The City of Durango is evaluating the Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail connection with consideration of several alternatives.  The trail planning and design involves the area between River Road and the existing section of the SMART 160 Trail at the west end of the Grandview interchange.
Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection

Durango Whitewater Park
Durango Whitewater Park in-stream construction is finished and open for boating. Construction on the shoreline amenities adjacent to the in-stream Whitewater Park features will continue the remainder of this year. To scout the Smelter Rapids at the Whitewater Park, use river right at the Off Leash Area (dog park) and portage river left and walk on the re-route of the Animas River Trail around the wastewater treatment plant to put back in near the restrooms.

The improvements will secure the City's Recreational In-channel Diversion (RICD) water rights for the Animas River.  The improved Whitewater Park will add features for top level and recreational boaters.


View the Whitewater Park Design

Whitewater Park Community Vision Workshop - November 21, 2013

Updated Information from the Whitewater Park Community Workshop


Preliminary Design Options

River Access Access Design Process
Please visit the River Access Design page for updated information and a list of public meetings.