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Uptown Columbus moves forward with Whitewater Course at River

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Richard Bishop, President of Uptown Columbus, says right now they stand in the design process for the new Whitewater course here at the river.

He says they're about 50 percent complete and they hope parts of it will be open by June of 2012.

The two dams at the Chattahoochee River, City Mills Dam and Eagle's Mill Dam, will be taken down to create the Whitewater course.

Bishop says Uptown Columbus is waiting on two permits that will allow them to do work in the river, they expect it by late spring and when that happens, they'll have a lot of work to do.

"We'll breach 2 dams and then the structures that are already in the river will make sure Whitewater rapids and then they'll be some manmade rapids along the way that will create the white water course."

Bishop says Columbus State University did an economic impact study on the project and the revenue it could bring to the city, the study showed Columbus could have about 188,000 visitors a year.

The Whitewater course will be approximately two miles with rapids as high as levels three and four. Bishop says the course will start at Bibb City and in front of the Synovus building.

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