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Public Session Held Detailing Plans For Proposed River Park At Canal Place

November 6th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A crowd of about 40 people attended this week’s public session detailing plans for the proposal River Park at Canal Place. The plan was the focus of a session Monday evening at the Western Maryland Railway Station- with Jim Christie, a landscape designer with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. the featured presenter.  The river park would be located on the North Branch of the Potomac River behind Canal Place. Features would include two access points for boaters, a whitewater course, riverside trail, viewing area, parking and a fish passage ladder. Dee Dee Ritchie, executive director of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority,  said the board’s research shows that this project could be a tremendous opportunity for economic development for the region…


5 Responses to “Public Session Held Detailing Plans For Proposed River Park At Canal Place”

  1. November 06, 2019 at 7:29 am, Linmarie said:

    Let us all pray that is the case as sweet Cumberland needs help.


  2. November 06, 2019 at 9:03 am, ESB said:

    This is such a great opportunity. We have a gold mine with the two trails, the river and the canal right in our city. Hopefully this park will shine some light on the beautiful area we live in, bring businesses in, and be the start of something great in our area!


  3. November 06, 2019 at 9:50 am, mac said:

    At this point in time it sounds like so much pie in the sky. Just one more item on a long list of attempted, planned or hopeful attractions that may, some day, come to fruition.
    Our local pride and joy; the steam railroad that runs without a steam engine and may never run with a steam engine due to mismanagement, outright thievery and poor planning and maintenance.
    The pedestrian mall which resembles an old west ghost town more than anything else and will soon be demolished, if only they can get the funding. Don’t plan on walking anywhere for a few years.
    Canal Place, the less said the better.
    If and when these things may see the light of day this area will still be a struggling, economically depressed, forgotten backwater.
    Should all of this time and money be spent to bring in tourist dollars that benefit the hotels and restaurant owners at the expense of the minimum wage workers who will be putting on their smiling faces to appease these visitors? Why has no thought been given to improving the lives of our citizens as opposed to having a nice weekend getaway for those who will drive out of the area at the end of the day.


    • November 07, 2019 at 3:36 am, Mark said:

      > well said.


      • November 07, 2019 at 10:49 am, mac said:

        > Thank you. Tourism, at least in this area, should be a sideline not a way of life.
        It’s seasonal,and fickle. If it rains no one comes, if it’s cold no one comes. It’s a part time endeavor at best. When summer is over what will the locals do for income?
        My concern is long term, permanent, well paying jobs that will support a family and thus support our area. Not minimum wage, 28 hour a week, no benefit, burger flipping jobs.
        Tourism is the low hanging fruit that our elected officials are touting as the save all for Cumberland. They haven’t been able to prove that for the past 30 years. Why keep beating a dead horse?
        It’s time we move on.


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