It is projected that development of a whitewater park on the Delaware River at Port Jervis could begin next year provided sufficient funding is secured.
The City of Port Jervis is seeking $200,000 to $250,000 from the state to draft design plans and gain the various approvals that would be needed. Then, the job of securing the real money to build the park – estimated at about $1.5 million – would begin and city Economic Development Director Kathleen Hendrickson said they will seek grants and private money.
The park would be a city facility.
“Even if we are able to attract any public grants funds, it usually requires a significant amount of leverage of private investment and that’s where the committee is going to focus in raising that private investment,” Hendrickson said.
It is expected that it would become a major tourist destination for the entire region, drawing thousands of people yearly for both river and riverfront activities.