Barren River at Bowling Green proposed location for whitewater recreation area

   The Bowling Green Riverfront Foundation, in conjunction with the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, has begun talks with the City of Bowling Green on the establishment of a recreation area along the city’s Barren River waterfront that would include  whitewater kayaking and rafting, a bicycle pump track and bouldering.
   The whitewater portion of the Barren River would begin at the Bowling Green Municipal Utilities dam near Louisville Road and continue to the walking bridge at College Street.
   With the nearest whitewater experience being the Ocoee River, near Chattanooga, Tenn., organizers are optimistic that such a recreation area would draw tourists, in addition to college students and local residents.
   Preliminary cost figures for the total project are between $5 million and $6 million.
   It would be a multi-year project with earliest completion possible in five years.  
   Foundation founders Paul Rees and Clinton Lewis, both of Bowling Green, met earlier this week with the Bowling Green City Council during a work session to discuss the project.

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