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River Is The Highlight Of All Things Parks And Rec

County officials along with Jackson County citizens gathered at the courthouse last Tuesday and discussed the Outdoor Master Plan—citing the river as the “cultural, social and historical spine” of the area.

Consultant Kevin Guenther of Ragan-Smith of Nashville led the meeting last Tuesday and said the river could provide recreational opportunities that draw tourists to Jackson County.

“Now you can think about the kind of different experiences you can give people,” Guenther said. “If they could go from Roaring River Park to Gladeville and have two, very different experiences but have a comfortable route that they could bike in one day, then you start setting something up where people would want to come back and experience that more than one time.”

Guenther spoke of the numerous possibilities including using existing facilities and strengthening relationships with agencies like the Army Corp of Engineers in order to provide well-rounded experiences.

Many citizens spoke during the meeting and provided input on what they would like to see in neglected facilities—like the old golf course property.

One citizen contributed to the conversation, stating any combination of education and the outdoors will be a winner.

“I feel like the old golf course presents an amazing opportunity that is unique in its proximity to the river and to the school,” the citizen said.

For more on the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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