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Salina River Education Event Planned

KSAL Staff - October 10, 2015 8:08 am

An event designed to educate how a river can shape a community is planned in Salina.

According to the Friends of the River organization, Executive Director Jeff Shoemaker of The Greenway Foundation will host a presentation on the topic this coming Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Salina Community Theater.

Shoemaker will share the story of the successful renewal of the South Platte River and how it has impacted Denver, economically, environmentally and recreationally. $15 billion of economic benefits has taken place to the surrounding area with the restoration of the South Platte River.

Community members will learn how renewal of our own Smoky Hill River could impact Salina. A question and answer will follow at the end of the presentation with Shoemaker, Utilities Director Martha Tasker, City Manager Jason Gage, and Friends of the River Foundation about the Smoky Hill River Restoration.

“We are very excited to have Jeff come and share the story of the South Platte River. Revitalizing the Smoky Hill River is a game changer for Salina and it has the capability to transform our community in amazing ways. We hope that those interested in seeing the river restored will show their support on Wednesday night,” said Jessica Martin, President of the Board of the Friends of the River Foundation.

Since 1974 The Greenway Foundation collaborated with public and private partners to create over $500 million of environmental and recreational enhancements to urban waterways.


Executive Director Jeff Shoemaker of The Greenway Foundation will host the presentation.


Stan Clemons

October 10, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Maybe all of us taxpayers who voted this down need to show up for this meeting in person and tell these people to their faces we are not interested in this project. If they are then they should open their check books and pay for it. The city has now pushed an unwanted gym on us which should have been left up to the tax payers to decide on. We did not elect these people to the commission to spend our taxpayer monies on the dreams of others.

Doug Clemens

October 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

I have to agree this project was voted down a few years ago. These people who call themselves Friends of the River or are they really? Take a look at some of them and you will find out all they are looking for is to line their pockets with taxpayer monies and only see how much money they can realize by owning properties along the river. Why don’t they take interest in cleaning up the North end of Salina especially on North 9th street where visitors drive into town. Its like driving into a ghetto and that is seen by more people then this river deal will ever be seen.

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