Plans for the recreational use of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir are beginning to take shape, but packing up the family for a day of fun at the beach is still a long way off.
On May 1, Parker Town Council unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Castle Rock and the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority to specify which recreational activities will be permitted at the reservoir.
According to Jim Cleveland, director of Parker Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, paddle boarding and reservoir tours will be the only public activities available this summer.
“With each progressive year, the programming will grow,” Cleveland said. Future activities will include fishing, swimming, kayaking and camping events for children.
Paddle boarding will be available on Fridays and Sundays from June 9 through the month of September. Colorado SUP Sports, a private paddle boarding company operating from Chatfield Reservoir, will be responsible for all paddle board rentals and lessons. Rentals can be booked on the company’s website, coloradosupsports.com.
Tours of the reservoir will be open to the public one Friday per month this summer, though details about online information and registration for the tours are still being finalized.
Safety and infrastructure are the town’s top priorities regarding the reservoir and surrounding property, according to Cleveland and Parker Recreation Manager Mary Colton. Currently, dirt roads are the only access to the reservoir and there are no shelters, picnic tables or other amenities.
More information and updates on reservoir activities will be available soon in the parks section of the town’s website, Cleveland said.
“Obviously, people are excited to use it,” Colton said. “It’s just a matter of getting the site ready.”