With changes, boaters get wilder ride through Whitewater Park

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With changes, boaters get wilder ride through Whitewater Park

Improvements will make Animas River Days a different experience
Kayakers Isaac Carver and Timothy Gray scout the new features on Thursday at the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Dan Hancock and Aaron Van Sickle enter the Durango Whitewater Park on Wednesday at Santa Rita Park.
Rafters line up on Thursday as they enter the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Boaters in the “Battle of the Animas,” enter the Durango White Water Park before finishing on May 24 at the pull-out in Santa Rita Park. About 100 members in the hospitality industry started at 32nd Street in 12 boats racing down the Animas River. The annual event is a fun way to kick off the summer tourism season, said Alex Mickel, president of Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours Inc.
Rafters line up on Thursday as they enter the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Courtesy of 4Corners Riversports

A view of the new entrance to the Whitewater Park on the Animas River at low flows.

With changes, boaters get wilder ride through Whitewater Park

Kayakers Isaac Carver and Timothy Gray scout the new features on Thursday at the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Dan Hancock and Aaron Van Sickle enter the Durango Whitewater Park on Wednesday at Santa Rita Park.
Rafters line up on Thursday as they enter the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Boaters in the “Battle of the Animas,” enter the Durango White Water Park before finishing on May 24 at the pull-out in Santa Rita Park. About 100 members in the hospitality industry started at 32nd Street in 12 boats racing down the Animas River. The annual event is a fun way to kick off the summer tourism season, said Alex Mickel, president of Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours Inc.
Rafters line up on Thursday as they enter the Durango Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park.
Courtesy of 4Corners Riversports

A view of the new entrance to the Whitewater Park on the Animas River at low flows.
Animas River Days Schedule

All events will take place in Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park, 149 South Camino del Rio:
FridayFreestyle kayak preliminaries, 3-6 p.m.
SaturdayKayak and canoe slalom, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Downriver challenge sprint start, 10:45 a.m.
Smelter smack-down raft race start, 11 a.m.
Boater cross, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Awards: slalom events, 11:30 a.m.
Ska beer garden and Toast Mobile Lounge open, noon.
Awards: Smelter smack-down, boater cross, downriver challenge sprint, 12:30 p.m.
Open-class surf competition, 12:45-2 p.m.
Awards: open-class surf competition, 2:15 p.m.
Junior freestyle kayak, 2-2:45 p.m.

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