Surf's up in downtown Grand Forks. Andy Magness of Ground Up Adventures is leading an effort to build a boathouse, along the Red River in downtown Grand Forks. They'd rent paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. The group would also teach water safety and outdoor adventure classes.
Andy Magness, Ground Up Adventures: "I really got the idea for the boathouse living in Christ Church, New Zealand. And there was a beautiful boathouse on the river that passed through town, very similar to this. It had 80 boats, a hundred people a night renting boats. It was fantastic."
The boathouse would be built by the parking lot, along the river downtown. They've already landed over 20-thousand dollars in State Tourism dollars for the project.
The boathouse would be a temporary structure. The City would take the responsibility of moving it out of this flood plain in times of high water.
Kim Greendahl, GF Greenway: "It opens up another avenue of recreation in Grand forks and East Grand Forks. It offers an opportunity for people who do want to explore the river. I know e have some bad history with the river. But, there are times the river is just that. It's just a river and beautiful scenery."
The group is now trying to line up corporate sponsors and other donors for a dock and equipment. They hope to be off and running by August.
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