Denver Water Master Plan
Studio Tectonic worked closely with Denver Water and a range of stakeholder groups to establish a interpretive master plan for the historic Kassler Town site, adjacent to Waterton Canyon. Both the site and canyon were included in the interpretive planning effort, as well as the Bob Taylor Eco Area, Colorado Trail trailhead and Lake Lehow. In addition to the master plan, a detailed implementation strategy, budget analysis and inventory of stakeholder needs provided the complete picture of a revitalized visitor experience.
At the onset of the planning project, input was also collected from Denver Water’s partners that currently run programs at Kassler and Waterton Canyon and/or contribute to management of the sites. These partners included: Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD), USDA Forest Service/Pike National Forest, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Chatfield State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), Rocky Mountain Land Library (RMLL), Colorado Trail Foundation, and Thorne and Nature Experience.
A vision for the future development and use of Kassler and Waterton Canyon emerged as the planning process unfolded. During analysis discussions about the property’s potential, the planning team recognized Kassler’s historic significance as an underutilized aspect of the property. The team felt that the Kassler site, in particular, presented a great opportunity to explain the history of Kassler, filtration technology, and the broader connections to Denver Water, both today and in the past. This interpretive content would provide a base for public education around water management, resource management, environmental stewardship, and science-based learning.
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