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.