May 1, 2012--Patience urged for river plans (Durango Herald)

More restrooms, changing rooms and trash receptacles could go a long way toward improving the behavior of rafters, inner-tubers and others enjoying themselves on the Animas River, city officials said Monday. “We will create amenities so they will behave more legally,” said Cathy Metz, the director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We’ll create changing rooms so they’re not changing (clothes) in the middle of the street.” Metz unveiled a draft of the Animas River Corridor Management Plan during a public hearing at the Durango Community Recreation Center. The proposed plan will also be discussed with citizen advisory boards this month before a revised version goes to the City Council for a vote. City staff wrote the plan for managing recreation along 16 miles of river after soliciting input from interest groups as varied as homeowners, rafters, anglers and conservationists from a series of meetings held earlier this year.

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