Daily Press writer
The staff of the Yampa River Legacy received the 2000 award for Special Achievement by a Team at the Colorado State Parks Annual Training Conference.
The staff was commended for their work building a new state park headquarters.
"The birth of a park is an exciting event," said Laurie Mathews, director of Colorado State Parks. "A park staff must be prepared to complete a multitude of tasks in a short time frame. Now that is complete, the new facilities are an outstanding addition to river recreation and the local community."
Dennis Scheiwe, Ron Dellacroce, Ben Pedrett and Brett Steinacher were responsible for setting up communication systems, meeting with community leaders and improving 14 access sites with new facilities along 173 miles of the Yampa River and Elkhead Reservoir.
Mathews said that the staff tackled community relations enthusiastically, attending countless community meetings while getting to know the locals on a first-name basis. That effort helped make the Yampa River staff an integral part of the local community.
Dennis Scheiwe, director for the Yampa River district, credits his team with pulling off the project that was under tremendous time constraints.
"I have a professional hard working team of dedicated employees," Scheiwe said. "I really appreciate them and their hard work."
The Yampa River Legacy and Elkhead Reservoir consists of 2,000 land and water acres, stretching over a distance of 172 miles from Stagecoach State Park to Dinosaur National Monument.
The new facility has more than 50 camping spots including 35 vehicle camp sites, 10 walk-in camp sites and 5 teepees for camping. A modern shower facility, restroom facility and laundry facility are other conveniences that make Scheiwe believe the headquarters will be a popular spot for campers this summer.
"People should plan on making reservations if they want a spot to camp," Scheiwe said.