The Kids' Fishing Derby lives.
Although the Evert Pierson Memorial Kids' Fishing Pond has not been restored in the wake of its destruction by the September flood, there will be a Kids' Fishing Derby as part of the 2014 Boulder Creek Festival. But children won't be wetting their lines anywhere near the creek.
Organizers said Tuesday that the popular fishing derby for youngsters this year will be held, as part of the annual Memorial Day weekend creek festival, at Viele Lake in Harlow Platts Community Park, adjacent to the South Boulder Recreation Center. It is set for 7 to 10 a.m. May 24.
The nonprofit Boulder Fish and Game Club, which sponsors the derby and stocks the Evert Pierson pond — it was actually two connected bodies of water — raised concerns late last year about finding a 2014 home for the event. Club members, knowing that Viele Lake was a candidate, had noted that body of water would be too warm after May for any trout that survive the derby.
Meanwhile, work to restore the Evert Pierson pond on the north side of Boulder Creek between Sixth and Ninth streets is ongoing with an eye toward its full restoration — enabling a return of the fishing derby to its traditional location — by spring 2015.
"When the community didn't see these ponds cleaned up and restored right away, there were some questions about what is the city doing, and will they be restored," said Jeff Haley, parks planning manager for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "Yes, they are. It's a long process, but we're working on it."
The approximate cost of restoring the pond is $300,000, Haley said, but much of the money spent by the city may be reimbursed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, some grant money may be available for that purpose through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Fishing is Fun program.
Haley said the most recent completed task was removing about 2,300 cubic yards of sediment dumped there by the flood. Another key step will be repairing or replacing bridges and docks compromised by the torrent that swept through the area.
The city is working with a design consultant, as well as the Fish and Game Club and Boulder Flycasters, a chapter of Trout Unlimited, in plotting the pond restoration.
Haley said a community meeting will be held in the next couple of months to show the public how the redesign of the pond is shaping up, and also to solicit response to the evolving plans.
"Because it is in the 100-year flood plain, we are somewhat constrained by what we can do," Haley said. "But we're also taking advantage of this opportunity to engage with the community and say, how can we not only repair these ponds but improve them? We'll show a concept plan and say, this is what we're planning, in replacing the docks and bridges, and welcome any input."
Haley acknowledged that some questioned whether the ponds should be restored, given that they are within the 100-year floodplain and were wiped out by last year's extraordinary events.
"It's not like that site could be redeveloped into another use," Haley said. "It's a nice opportunity there because it is a floodplain. ... We feel this is basically an appropriate way for us to have that flood mitigation, that (flood) conveyance area, but also use it to the community's benefit."
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