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Gov. Bentley awards $100,000 grant to improve Phenix City side of Chattahoochee River

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

The Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River's new whitewater attractions may soon become more attractive to visitors after Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $100,000 to Phenix City in order to help develop the river walk complex.

The grant will pay for a 367 ft. concrete trail between the existing walk and the river to allow easier access for launching kayaks, rafts and other light recreation vessels. The project will also include benches, lighting, guardrails, signage along the trail, and pre-fabricated restrooms.

"Quality recreational facilities encourage people to get outside and take part in healthy activities," said Bentley. "Such facilities boost the vitality of a community, increase civic pride and have the potential to enhance tourism and economic development."

Several dams were removed from the river a few years ago restoring some rapids along the free-flowing river. Local officials expect the availability of whitewater sports to draw between 60,000 to 100,000 people annually to the Phenix City-Columbus, Ga. area.

Other new recreation-related businesses have also begun to appear in the area to serve whitewater enthusiasts.

Bentley notified Mayor Eddie Lowe that the grant had been approved. The grant was awarded from funds made available to state under the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the program in Alabama. 

ADECA manages a wide range of grants and programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.   

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