City officials in Columbus have approved spending $1.3 million to stabilize two sections of the Chattahoochee River's banks that collapsed along the city's whitewater course. The Columbus City Council approved the money at a meeting on Tuesday.
A new whitewater rafting course at the Georgia-Alabama state line is drawing big crowds for its grand opening after nearly 13 years of work. Officials opened the rapids to rafters on Saturday. It cost nearly $24.4 million to tear down two dams on the river between Columbus and Phenix City, Ala., and build the 2.5-mile course.
Crews plan to blow up another dam Tuesday morning to help create a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River. Workers plan to blast a 100-foot section out of the City Mills Dam around 10:30 a.m.
After more than a decade of planning and construction, a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River will open May 25. It is expected to attract adventurers from around the South. Business and civic leaders on Thursday announced the opening date during a ceremony on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the river.
Three new hotels are opening in the Columbus area in the coming months. Hoteliers are banking on the new whitewater course through downtown and continued business related to Fort Benning to fill the roughly 300 new rooms.
The new whitewater course opening next year in Columbus means new potential challenges for the city’s fire and emergency services department. That has responders training for the special demands of saving people in the shallow, fast-moving rapids.
Columbus city leaders Wednesday unveiled a strategic master plan to capitalize on the tourists expected to come to the city’s new whitewater facility. Organizers are hoping the area’s strong public-private partnerships will take economic development to the next level.