Grant Gives Boost to Plan for Manchester Whitewater Park

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By Rachel Begle

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - A plan to build a whitewater park on the Maquoketa River in downtown Manchester is a major step closer to reality.

The Vision Iowa Board on Wednesday approved a $300,000 grant for the $1.7 million project, which is expected to be a tourism draw in northeast Iowa when it opens in 2015.

The whitewater course is expected to span 900 feet and be used by rafters, kayakers, tubers and others.

The project involves removing the top of the Marion Street dam, building five other drop points, restoring and beautifying the shoreline and developing locations for spectators.

A combination of other funding sources from the city, state and private donors have been secured for the project.

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