Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Downtown makeover

Yampa Street renovation underway

Downtown Steamboat is enjoying a surge of new energy.

The Steamboat Springs City Council recently approved the biggest investment in the downtown corridor in years — a $10.3 million project constructing new walkways, public restrooms and other infrastructure on Yampa Street by the end of 2018. Voters also recently approved spending nearly $1 million in lodging tax dollars for other improvements, including the building of a 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. When construction is complete, 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.   

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

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

Designed with input from business owners, planning groups, consultants and community members, the Downtown Improvement Plan joins an already burgeoning Farmers Market on Saturdays and a slew of restaurants and retail operations, all making the Yampa Street corridor more vibrant than ever. Restaurants and bars along the riverfront road include E3 Chophouse, Sake2U, Scratch, Carls Tavern, Sweet Pea Market and Restaurant, Sunpies and Aurum Food and Wine, with Mountain Tap Brewery recently revitalizing Yampas west end by opening in the Yampa Valley Electric Associations former headquarters at 910 Yampa Ave.

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

Its certainly an exciting time to visit downtown, especially Yampa Street,Popovich says. Its come a long way in a short time. When everything is all said and done, it will be a truly unique section of downtown.

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