Event Planned to Honor Builders of Ridgway Dam and Reservoir

07/29/14 | By | More
RIDGWAY RESERVOIR is the crown jewel of Ridgway State Park. A special event to recognize those who worked on the construction of the dam  and the establishment of Ridgway State Park is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 8. (Photo by Samantha Wright)

RIDGWAY RESERVOIR shimmered in the sunlight on a recent summer day. A special event to recognize those who worked on the construction of the dam that contains the reservoir, and the establishment of Ridgway State Park, is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 8. (Photo by Samantha Wright)

RIDGWAY – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the construction of the Ridgway dam and the establishment of Ridgway State Park.  A special event to recognize those who worked on the construction project is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 8 at the park.

Did you work on the project? Or do you know someone who did? This includes former or current employees of the Bureau of Reclamation or other government agencies, construction workers, and municipal and county officials who assisted with the project.  If so, please send your contact information via e-mail to: rhonda.palmer@state.co.us, or call her at 970/626-5822, ext. 11. You’ll be contacted about the event. 

Planning for the Dallas Creek Project, as it is called formally by the BOR, began shortly after the end of World War II. Construction eventually started in 1978 and the reservoir filled completely for the first time in 1990. The dam stores water for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses for the Uncompahgre Valley in western Colorado.

One of Colorado’s premier recreational facilities, Ridgway State Park offers camping, hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing and swimming. More than 300,000 people visit the park every year.

For more information about Ridgway State Park, visit cpw.state.co.us.

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