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City leaders in Greenville look at ways to better use the river

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Whether it's for fishing, a boat ride, or just a lazy day on the water, we all love a day on the river.

But city leaders in Greenville want to make sure it's being used to its full potential.

They want to find ways they can use the river to boost the community and the economy.

"Everybody enjoys it out here. Every time I come down here there are a lot of people most of the time," said Walter Manning who fishes along the river.

"For us to have this asset that goes from one end of our city to the next is a tremendous value to our city, and we need to make sure we look at all the opportunities to do great things with it," explained city council member Dennis Mitchell.

He's says exploring opportunities has become a priority for the city.

In fact, he says next year's proposed budget sets aside $250,000 to do so.

"To get input from all factors: environmental factors, eco-tourism factors, development factors, to see how we can better utilize this resource," explained Mitchell.

He says a big part is just getting more people on the water.

"A no brainer, easy idea is to have some type of kayak rental where citizens can just rent kayaks and get on the river," he said.

Recently, the city surveyed citizens on what they would like to see at the river. At the top of the list was a walking bridge to get from Town Common to River Park North on the other side.

"It's a 250 acre park right across the river, how can we get citizens from this side to that side," Mitchell explained.

Almost everyone 9 On Your Side talked to was in favor of a plan to better use the river, as long as the water and surrounding green ways were protected.

"We want to preserve our green space we have along the river and make sure it's here for residences in the years to come," said Mitchell.

If you have suggestions or ideas on how the city can better use the river, contact your city council member.

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