The River Park at Canal Place will transform Cumberland’s downtown, support our growing outdoor recreation economy, and drive economic impact to the region and throughout the State of Maryland. The project is located along the North Branch of the Potomac River and will complete the North Branch Water Trail. Rivers establish a major tourism resource, providing spectacular settings, recreation facilities, a means of transport, a sense of heritage and adventure, and links with the environment and natural world. Most recently, the Office of Tourism Development (OTD), advocated that tourists want to be in, near, and around water. In fact, “River Tourism” is one of the top outdoor recreational activities investigated on OTD’s website. The project will improve water quality, advance wildlife passages, provide an exciting new downtown river experience, and increase awareness for the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination.