Durango Still Considering Recreation Oversight at Lake Nighthorse

Under the most recent proposal, and according to a recent Durango Herald article, the city can take charge of recreation at Lake Nighthorse and not lose money. Phase 1 of the plan calls for the park to open in 2012 and projects total revenue of $161,900 and total expenditures of $161,165. Park visitors could pay $5 per vehicle for a day pass or $50 for an annual pass. The plan envisions grants and in-kind contributions going to cover initial capital improvements, including a dock at the boat ramp, a temporary entrance station (i.e., trailer), an Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station, a gravel road to access the water near the future swim beach and overflow parking. Kathy Metz, Durango Parks and Recreation Director said two full-time and multiple part-time staffers could oversee the entrance gate and inspection station.