Donate to Help Rebuild Lyons Parks

The Town of Lyons has been devastated. In the early morning hours of September 12th, 2013, following several days of record rainfall totaling an astonishing 17 inches rain, the North and South St. Vrain Creeks, the confluence of which occurs in Bohn Park in Lyons, flooded their banks. Stream flows within the Town of Lyons crested above 19,500 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) easily surpassing the previous record set in 1941. This is incredible considering typical stream flows for the St. Vrain average 67 CFS (USGS Data) for the month of September.

With roads and bridges washed out or under water, the 2,050 residents of the Town of Lyons were cut off from the world and isolated on 6 different ‘islands’. The entire Town of Lyons began evacuation on September 13th, 2013 with the assistance of the National Guard. Every household and business was impacted as a result of flood waters, heavy rain, and/or destruction of infrastructure. All services including roads, bridges, access, water distribution, sewer collection, gas, electric, telephone, cell phones, cable, internet, gas stations, groceries, businesses, fire protection, law enforcement, bus service and ambulance were all simultaneously unavailable for a period of time-ranging from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the extent of the damage and ability to get services back online.

Rebuild Cost
Lyons has been damaged beyond what it can afford. It is estimated that Lyons has sustained damages totaling nearly $50 million, including $5 million in temporary measures and $45 million in permanent work, which does not include insured public buildings or restoring the stream channel. This is staggering for a community that typically operates on less than a $1 million a year budget.

Park Damage
Lyons parks system was absolutely decimated. Nearly all community parks and facilities were affected in some way. It is estimated that of the 80 acres of developed/in-development community parkland, 39 acres were severely impacted. Unfortunately, the 39 acres impacted housed most of Lyons major park facilities. To date pre-flood damages to Lyons Parks and facilities is estimated at approximately $16 million. The following is a synopsis of park damages:
  • Of our nearly 5 miles of trails, only 1.2 miles have been unaffected by the flood. Most trails are completely gone or are inaccessible. This includes the destruction of Lyons main arterial trail, the St. Vrain Corridor Trail which served as Lyons major source of connectivity to neighborhoods, schools, parks, businesses and even Boulder County’s Picture Rock Trail in Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, Hall Ranch and other future regional connections.
  • Infrastructure to parks has been washed away; water, sewer, gas and electric will all have to be replaced to nearly all park facilities.
  • Athletic fields are buried under feet of cobble and debris. Irrigation provided to 5 of Lyons 6 athletic fields and most other irrigated portions of park areas is either gone or no longer functional.
  • Shelter facilities have been washed away and/or were flooded and no longer useable, including a historic WPA shelter located in Meadow Park.
  • Additional park features that are damaged or lost to flood damage include, among others:
    • 14 whitewater features
    • 2 pedestrian bridges
    • 2 playgrounds
    • 2 ponds
    • Batting cage
    • Bleachers
    • Community garden
    • Dog park river access
    • Numerous benches
    • Picnic areas
    • Several parking lots
    • Sheds and storage facilities
    • Signage
    • Tent and RV camping facilities
    • Volleyball court/ice rink
    • Other park amenities that are associated with these park facilities
View the Before and After Photos of the Lyons Parks (PDF).
FEMA and insurance will not make the Town whole again-we need your help! Staff is working diligently on grants, in-kind donations and various other funding efforts available to us, but additional aid is still drastically needed. Please consider a donation to restore Lyons parks and make Lyons a recreation destination once again. Help us reconstruct Lyons parks bigger and better and continue to offer quality parks and services to the residents and visitors of Lyons. Thanks for your support!

You can also mail donations to the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events to
P.O. Box 49
Lyons, CO 80540

All donations are tax deductible.
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