Could a whitewater park come to River Arts District?

Article Highlights
  • Whitewater Park could come to River Arts District on the French Broad River
  • Study, "Site Visit and Conceptual Design Study, Asheville Whitewater Park" commissioned by S20 Design and Engineering Completed shows the French Broad River could accommodate an "instream" feature
  • The study cost $13,000 and was paid by the Asheville Parks and Greenways fund and other donors including Derek Turno, owner of Asheville Adventure Rentals, Harry Pilos of Delphi Management Group
  • Study estimates $1.8 million development cost and 4 year timeframe
  • There are 3 potential sites for the whitewater park
  • Next steps: New flood mapping and permitting would be required from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under federal regulation

Citizen-Times / February 20, 2015
Could a whitewater park come to River Arts District?

Don't cry too long over possibly losing out on a giant slip-and-slide.

What might soon be splashing down the French Broad River will be something even bigger, better and splashier, supporters say. And it has the attention of everyone from Asheville's mayor to business and environmental leaders, to recreational kayakers, as an idea to permanently cement Asheville as the outdoor recreation hub of the Southeast.

Floated as an idea more than 20 years as part of the 1994 Wilma Dykeman Waterway Plan and adopted then by the city, plans to build an "in-stream" whitewater park in the French Broad River in downtown Asheville never really held water. But with an Olympic kayaker and professional whitewater park project consultant on board, the idea finally looks like it is on stable ground.

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