A prominent business near Suwanee is building a canoe launch on the Chattahoochee River at a park in Duluth.
The Duluth City Council recently awarded a contract to Reeves Contracting of Sugar Hill to construct a launch at Rogers Bridge Park, for an amount not to exceed $250,000. Expected completion is in May, Duluth officials said.
Despite drizzling rain Monday (Feb. 11), Duluth officials and the contractor turned out to turn the earth for the launch.
Duluth Parks & Recreation Director Kathy Marelle officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony. She was accompanied by members of the Parks and Recreation Department staff. Other city officials in attendance included new Planning Director James Riker, Economic Development Manager Chris McGahee, and Public Works Director Audrey Turner.
The new launch will make it easier for canoers, rafters and tubers to access the river.
Reeves Contracting is owned by Suwanee resident Dean Reeves. The company was represented by Superintendent Phillip Thomas and Project Manager Brian Trotter.
Designed by Atlanta-based HDR Engineering, the concrete launch includes a walk-down canoe ramp, a step-down boardwalk, a viewing area, and natural plantings. It replaces a dirt ramp.
The launch construction is being paid for with park SPLOST funds.
This article originally posted on Duluth Patch.