A man-made whitewater park could be coming soon to Asheville’s French Broad River. On Tuesday, Asheville City Council heard from whitewater park advocates—many wearing PFDs to the meeting. City council asked their staff to research the feasibility of the $1.8 million park, which will be funded primarily through private donations.

The park will likely be built beneath the bridge near the New Belgium Brewery site. It will add man-made waves, obstacles, and rapids to the relatively mellow stretch of water through Asheville’s River Arts District. Supporters believe the park will attract even more visitors to the riverfront, which is already undergoing a renaissance.

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