It has been 68 days since Whitewater Columbus opened and so far 8,500 people have gone down the course. After a council meeting Tuesday, News Three has learned that more is in store for Columbus as Whitewater cements its place in the city.
At the council meeting, CEO of Uptown Columbus Richard Bishop said there are several new Whitewater Columbus projects. Right now, rafters enter the course in Phenix City, Alabama. Bishop says there will soon be an entrance in Georgia. This is not the only new thing coming to the Georgia side of the Chattohoocee.
The next step in the Whitewater project is to turn this vacant building off of Bay street into the Columbus outfitter. Bishop says hopefully by the end of this year the outfitter will be here instead of in Phenix City. Bishop says this will be more convenient for rafters who will have many new options to get to the downtown area.
"They have the opportunity if they didn't want to get on a bus to get back to the outpost they can actually walk from behind the trade center because it's so close and they could even get out at the end of 10th street at the grand staircase and walk up the stairs to a beautiful green space and be right on top of the outfitter in just a few minutes," said Bishop. He also says Uptown Columbus is looking for ways to keep visitors for an extended stay.
"We want to make sure that our visitors are treated properly and they have all the information that they need to see other venues in the community because Whitewater is only one of them," said Bishop. He says that he expected about 10,000 rafters this season but after looking at the numbers he feels like there will be more.
He is expecting about 15,000 people to ride the course by the end of the season in October based on the numbers.
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