The city of Owensboro has embraced the Ohio River in recent years, hoping it will lead to a revitalization of the downtown area and now the city is awaiting the results of a study on whether a marina would help attract even more residents and visitors to the river.
“We’ve asked these consultants to come back and tell us about the possibility of building not a seasonal marina, but a year-round marina at English Park," said city manager Bill Parrish. "It would be just down the road from our downtown redevelopment."
The city recently built a convention center by the Ohio River and two hotels are under construction.
Parrish says that the study is expected to be complete by April 1. Part of that study involves a public comment session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the police department community room.
“This is a study to see if a marina makes sense and what the cost might be. We would be absolutely open to it being operated by the city, by a private entity or a public-private partnership of some type,” said Parrish.
Emil's feature on the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival
As early-morning fog gave way to a clear blue August sky, 30 teams dressed in bright-colored t-shirts climbed into narrow wooden boats, adorned with a dragon head in the front. The teams paddled out to the starting line in the middle of the Ohio River.
Todd Petzold expressed cautious optimism as his team prepared to participate in the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival for a second straight year.
“We’re team MPD, and we’re not going to sink this year. And we’re going to have fun,” said Petzold.
The teams were made up of between 15-20 people, including men and women. Their experience level ranged from veteran to novice.
They’re taking part in an athletic event and tradition whose origins date back to the year 278 B. C. in China and a man considered the father of Chinese poetry, Qu Yuan.
Kentucky transportation officials say a team headed by Chicago firm Walsh Construction Co. is the apparent winner of bidding to build a new bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. The Transportation Cabinet said the proposals were scored Thursday in Frankfort.