Public invited to offer input on cityattraction’s features
CUMBERLAND — Consultants will unveil the design for the proposed Cumberland River Park on Nov. 4 and are asking for the public’s input.
“People will be able to see what the park will look like,” Dee Dee Ritchie, executive director of Canal Place, said. “We have the final draft of the River Park Implementation Study.”
The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Western Maryland Railway Station.
According to Ritchie, the design will be presented by Jim Christie, a landscape architect from Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., the firm that prepared it.
The river park would be located on the North Branch of the Potomac River behind Canal Place. Features could include a canoe and kayak docking site near the YMCA on Kelly Road, a whitewater course, viewing area and riverside trail.
“People at the meeting will be able to make suggestions for additions or things that should be taken away,” said Ritchie. “They can look at things that might have been missed in the study.”
Ritchie said the river park will be a boost for tourism and the local economy.
“I think this will be tremendous for the area,” said Ritchie. “We’re very excited about it. All of these years people have not been able to enjoy the North Branch of the Potomac River.”
The condition of the North Branch has been on a trajectory for improved water quality thanks to a $90 million cleanup project supported by the state of Maryland and Cumberland government.