The ERBM Recreation & Park District strives to maintain and improve our facilities, which includes enhancements to the parks we operate.  This page will be dedicated to our ongoing capital improvement projects for updates and information for all members and visitors to the District.

Project:  Circle Park Pond

May 12, 2021 Update

ERBM is thrilled to announce the completion of the Circle Park Pond Project and Grand Opening CPW Youth Fishing Day Saturday, June 5th 9am-Noon. Fishing instruction and associated activities will kick-off at 9am. A short ceremony to recognize our many partners on the pond project will take place at 11am, followed by a free lunch. Come on out for a great morning of celebration and activities for the whole family including cornhole and inflatable.

 

 

 

February 9, 2021 Update

After many years of planning and partnership building the one-acre youth fishing pond at Circle Park has been successfully constructed. This amenity will greatly enhance local public fishing access, youth fishing events and includes a great pedestrian/bike connection to the Meeker Cemetery overlook trail. Final construction close out will take place throughout spring and early summer 2021 with pavilion construction and fishing pier installation. Mark your calendars for the official Grand Opening / Kid's Fishing Derby event scheduled for June 5th, 2021 in partnership with CPW. 

 

Circle Park will be formally reopened for public access this winter. Please be aware of the inherent risks associated with both winter and summer water activities at this site.  The pond is not constructed or maintained to accommodate any activity in the water, or on the winter ice formation. Any public use on the pond is strongly discouraged and will be at your own risk.  No lifeguard will be on duty. Please observe posted fishing regulations and all other park rules posted throughout the park.

 

 

 

August 12, 2020 Update

The Circle Park Pond and associated park infrastructure amenity improvements project is under construction. The 5th St. bridge and all of Circle Park will be closed to public access for the duration of the project. ERBM looks forward to finalizing these exciting new amenity improvements and reopening the new and improved park in 2021. Please observe all construction notices on site and stay tuned for additional project updates as we move forward. 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Cemetery District bypass line install and the new wet well construction for the ERBM and Cemetery Dist. submersible irrigation pumps.

 

May 26, 2020 Update:

USACOE Permit Verification Letter - Cultural Resources Report & Wetland Delineation Report

No Rise Certification Letter

CDPHE Dewatering Permit

 

May 19, 2020 Update:

After receiving all final permitting and easement approvals, the Circle Park pond construction project work will continue this week with road improvements between the Highland Cemetery District and the park property. This trail/road connection will be closed to public access during construction. Please observe any construction closures on site over the upcoming weeks and months as ERBM looks forward to bringing this new recreation amenity to the community in the very near future. 

 

 

January 2020 Update:

ERBM has been working diligently behind the scenes for three years to move forward with park improvements at Circle Park. Below is some background and updates on the status of this project:

 

Over ten years ago the Town of Meeker, along with support from staff at our regional Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office, made initial efforts toward accomplishing the installation of a small one surface-acre fishing pond at Circle Park (located just south of 5th and Water St.) to accommodate improved local fishing and related angling educational opportunities and events. Since that time, ERBM has assumed operations and maintenance of Meeker’s community parks and worked in partnership with CPW to host numerous well attended youth fishing and ice-fishing events, even though the quality of these activities is often diminished by limited space, poor access, and poor fish habitat at the existing irrigation ditch (former Meeker Power Ditch).

 

Community outreach feedback collected as part of ERBM’s past outreach and planning efforts in 2012 and 2015 confirmed citizen interest in the expansion of safe and accessible local fishing facilities as well as updating the park amenities located at Circle Park. In 2017, ERBM’s Board of Director’s approved moving forward as the primary fiduciary agent in the installation of a new fishing pond at Circle Park and began working collaboratively with various partner stakeholders toward transforming the current shallow, narrow irrigation ditch into a high quality trout fishery serving local residents as well as the many out of town travelers already frequenting the tent-camping, RV hookups, dump station, and various recreational amenities available at both Town Park and Circle Park. 

 

ERBM is pleased to be working with a broad cooperative of public and private co-sponsoring entities and individuals who have invested vital financial assistance and expertise to make this project possible, including: the Town of Meeker, CPW, WREA, Cemetery District, Five Rivers Inc., Water Pump Supply & Service, LLC., Colorado River District, Great Outdoors Colorado, Tad Edwards, Rob and Melanie Walton Foundation, Marvine Ranch, Elk Creek Ranch and Basin Electric. Approximately $188,000 has been committed to date from grants and donations toward the project, as well as countless hours of voluntary professional consultation.

 

Several important due diligence items were required in order to make this project a reality, including: a new water right application in conjunction with CPW, cultural resources and environmental assessments, compensatory wetland mitigation, US Army Corps permitting, FEMA flood plain modeling, grants administration, as well as legal work to finalize easements with Highland Cemetery District, WREA and the Town of Meeker.

 

TDA Construction is under contract to build the pond and is shooting for a late summer, early fall construction start date. Initial site prep and materials staging took place in the fall of 2019. In conjunction with the pond, additional proposed enhancements include: a circumnavigating perimeter pedestrian path, fishing pier, improved trail connection leading up to the Cemetery District overlook and new Bank Robbery Trail walking tour that the Rio Blanco Historical Society is working to complete, and a new park pavilion structure. A design plan for the pond can be found at www.erbmrec.com/park-projects. Park design and construction updates will be posted on this website, ERBM’s social media, the Herald Times as well as on-site at the park. ERBM welcomes any feedback you have on any aspect of the project and looks forward to bringing these tremendous new amenities and features to the community in the very near future.

Circle Park Pond Final Design Plan

 

June 2019 Update:

ERBM has also been working diligently behind the scenes to move forward with exciting park improvements at Circle Park and we’d like to give some background information and updates on the status of this project.

Over ten years ago, the Town of Meeker, along with support from staff at our regional Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office, made initial efforts toward accomplishing the installation of a small one surface-acre fishing pond at Circle Park (located just south of 5th and Water St.) to accommodate improved local fishing and related angling educational opportunities and events. Since that time, ERBM has assumed operations and maintenance of Meeker’s community parks and worked in partnership with CPW to host numerous well attended youth fishing and ice-fishing events, even though the quality of these activities is often diminished by limited space, poor access, and poor fish habitat at the existing irrigation ditch (former Meeker Power Ditch).

Community feedback collected as part of ERBM’s past outreach and planning efforts in 2012 and 2015 confirmed citizen interest in the expansion of safe and accessible local fishing facilities as well as updating the park amenities located at Circle Park. In 2017, ERBM’s Board of Directors approved moving forward as the primary fiduciary agent in the installation of a new fishing pond at Circle Park and began working collaboratively with various partner stakeholders toward transforming the current shallow, narrow irrigation ditch into a high quality trout fishery.  The amenity will serve local residents as well as the many out of town travelers already frequenting the tent-camping, RV hookups, dump station, and various recreational amenities available at both Town Park and Circle Park. 

ERBM is pleased to be working with a broad cooperative of public and private co-sponsoring entities and individuals who have invested vital financial assistance and expertise to make this project possible, including the Town of Meeker, CPW, WREA, Cemetery District, Five Rivers Inc., Water Pump Supply & Service, LLC., Colorado River District, Great Outdoors Colorado, Edwards Family Foundation, Rob and Melanie Walton Foundation, Marvine Ranch, Elk Creek Ranch, and Basin Electric. Approximately $188,000 has been committed to date from grants and donations toward the project, as well as countless hours of voluntary professional consultation.

TDA Construction is under contract to build the pond and is shooting for a late summer, early fall start date. Initial site prep and excavation is anticipated to last through the fall of 2019, with some park improvements holding over for completion in 2020. In conjunction with the pond, additional proposed enhancements include a circumnavigating perimeter pedestrian path, improved trail connection leading up to the Cemetery District overlook and new Bank Robbery Trail walking tour that the Rio Blanco Historical Society is working to complete, a new park pavilion structure, improved river bank mitigation and access, expanded vehicle drive and parking, as well as other infrastructure updates (i.e. electrical/lighting, landscaping, fencing, signage, etc.). A preliminary design plan for the pond can be found at www.ERBMrec.com/park-projects. Park design and construction updates will be posted on this website, ERBM’s social media, the Rio Blanco Herald Times as well as on-site at the park. ERBM welcomes any feedback you have on any aspect of the project and looks forward to bringing these tremendous new amenities and features to the community in the very near future.

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