Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Downtown makeover

 

A rendering of soon-to-be-improved Yampa Street downtown.

A rendering of soon-to-be-improved Yampa Street downtown.

 

Downtown’s Yampa Street, which parallels the Yampa River, is nearing the end of its renaissance — the largest downtown improvement project the city has seen in years.

Improvements, to be completed by spring 2018, include a new park with river access, riverbank improvements, a large promenade, bike lanes, a riverside amphitheater and Core Trail improvements.

The facelift is due to Steamboat’s City Council approving the biggest investment in the downtown corridor in years, directing $10.3 million toward the project. Voters added another $1 million in lodging tax dollars for other improvements, including the new riverside park at Sixth and Yampa streets.

“Downtown is experiencing a huge rejuvenation, with Yampa Street leading the charge,” says Lisa Popovich of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. “Soon there will be a beautiful new promenade, making the street more bike and pedestrian friendly, creating a great restaurant corridor right next to the river. It’s becoming vibrant.”

The Downtown Improvement Plan joins an already burgeoning Saturday Farmers Market and slew of restaurants and retail operations, all making the Yampa Street corridor more energized than ever. Restaurants and bars along the corridor include E3 Chophouse, Sake2U, Scratch, Carl’s, Sweet Pea, SunPies and Aurum, with Mountain Tap Brewery and Yama recently revitalizing Yampa’s west end.

Add in the Yampa River, rodeo grounds and Howelsen Hill all nearby, and the stars are aligning for a true pedestrian-friendly wining, dining and cultural hub downtown.

“It’s certainly an exciting time to visit downtown, especially Yampa Street,” Popovich says. “It’s come a log way in a short time and will be a truly unique section of downtown.”

 

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