It was about one year ago that the landscape of the Maquoketa River began to change in Manchester. Construction crews moved in last September to tear out the old Marion Street dam to make way for the new Manchester Whitewater Park. A lot has happened in the past year, with crews working through the winter to create the whitewater park’s six drops and people coming from all over this summer to enjoy the finished product. Though the park has been open for about four months with a grand opening event in June, a dedication ceremony was held Thursday night to recognize those who made the project possible. The idea of a whitewater park was dreamed up by a group of brainstormers at a Manchester Good to Great meeting several years ago, and with funding from the City and Delaware County, some grants and public donations, the idea became a reality. Mayor Milt Kramer says the whitewater park has been a huge success, bringing many new visitors to Manchester.
On any given day this summer, you could usually find anywhere from a dozen to three dozen people using the Manchester Whitewater Park – doing a little tubing, kayaking, fishing or spectating. City Manager Tim Vick says they plan to enhance the whitewater park as time goes on.
Thursday night’s dedication also featured the unveiling of the park’s new official name, “The Howard and Helen Shelly Memorial Park”. (Photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)