Whitewater park proposed in West Carrollton set to boost economic growth

“Our hope is that we will have amenities, like restaurants, that people can access from these docks, and that would be in the area that we plan to redevelop along Dixie Drive, just off the freeway,” La luck said.

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The project will also improve the safety of the South Montgomery Dam, including the reestablishment of a small craft dock and marina, to the benefit of those who use this segment of the river for boating, flotation and the paddle.

West Carrollton has pledged $ 1.5 million to the $ 7.5 million project and is asking that the remaining $ 6 million be solicited through the established Dayton Area Priority Development and Advocacy Committee. by the Dayton Development Coalition. The creation of the channel and the whitewater park is estimated at 5.2 million dollars, while the reduction of the risk of dams and the creation of the wharf and the marina are estimated at 1.8 million dollars and 500,000 dollars. $, respectively.

The project is the next phase of a long term plan that has taken place over the past 10+ years. West Carrollton has established a Tax Increase Funding District for the project area, which covers the 21 acres the city acquired for the project and has signed a TIF agreement with the West Carrollton School District.

Lucking said the city would like to make some sort of announcement on the project in the first quarter of this year and could see construction activity in and around Exit 47 by spring 2023.

Entities submitting letters of support for the project include the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, Five Rivers Metroparks, Great Miami Riverway, Montgomery County Commission, Town of Moraine, and South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Waterfront development is a proven catalyst for development, and this project can stimulate the reinvestment and revitalization of the City of West Carrollton’s waterfront,” said Jacquelyn Powell, President and CEO of Dayton CVB. “Funding and building this project would not only provide a convenience that would boost West Carrollton waterfront development, but it has the potential to increase tourism by attracting visitors from out of town and state to the city. the area and allows the The Greater Dayton area has the potential to host whitewater kayaking competitions and events.

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The improvements are part of the last steps in a multi-agency effort to rid Montgomery County of “dangerously low dams” and open rivers for paddles, according to Carrie Scarff, planning and project manager at Five Rivers Metroparks.

“The low dams north of the Great Miami River have been removed over the past five years in downtown Dayton and at Tait Station,” Scarff said. “During this time, paddling along this stretch of the Great Miami River has increased dramatically, and new outdoor recreation markets are opening up in stand-up paddleboarding and river surfing. This next step in opening up our rivers will allow paddlers to continue south through West Carrollton to Miamisburg. “

Scarff said the project offers additional amenities not found in other river improvements in the region: a course to attract regional and national competitions.

Dan Foley, Director of the Great Miami Riverway, said, “West Carrollton is in an optimal geographic location, as much if not more than any other Riverway community, to stimulate our regional outdoor recreation economy with a whitewater feature. “

“The outdoor feature will allow recreational paddlers to pass safely, which they can’t do now,” Foley said. “With the recently removed low dam north of West Carrollton at Tait Station and the impending low dam removal near the former Hutchings Station coal plant in Miamisburg, paddlers will be able to start in downtown Dayton and travel to Middletown before to see another one. contain. This will attract more people to each of these Riverway communities.

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