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Survey seeks input on Ocoee Whitewater Center future

The newly built Ocoee Whitewater Center opens for the 1996 Olympics. Dana Teasley photo The newly built Ocoee Whitewater Center opens for the 1996 Olympics. Dana Teasley photo

The formal process to determine the future of the Ocoee Whitewater Center after the facility was destroyed in an April 2022 fire has begun.

The U.S. Forest Service is working with a diverse group of partners to guide public outreach and development of a master plan for the site. A survey online at is currently taking public input. Developed by the University of Georgia Institute of Government, the survey is one of several tools to gather public input, with public engagement and focus groups also used. A landscape architecture firm, Studio Outside, will lead a team of experts in recreation planning, whitewater course design, interpretive design and architecture to incorporate that public input into creative visions for the site.

The site design scenarios and public input will inform a collaborative working group that will advise the Forest Service on the next steps. For more information, call 423.476.970

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