As a build-up to May 25's opening of the Chattahoochee River whitewater course, senior officials from Troy University, one of the cornerstone residents of new development along the riverfront, have chosen to chance the rapids.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, along with the University's senior administrators will meet on Wednesday afternoon at the site of what will be home to the Phenix City Campus' new riverfront academic building, enjoy a picnic lunch and then take to the river.
"Dr. Hawkins wanted to see, first hand, what the new whitewater course is all about and what this will mean for the Phenix City and Columbus areas," said Dr. David White, Vice Chancellor of the University's Phenix City Campus.
Dr. White said the group will hold its monthly cabinet meeting at the Phenix City Campus before traveling to the site and meeting with local officials for a picnic lunch. They will launch around 1:15 p.m. EST and come out at the Columbus Iron Works Landing around 2:30 p.m. Outfitter for the trip is Whitewater Express, an Atlanta-based company that will officially open for business in the area when the Chattahoochee course opens on May 25.
The course, which was created after 10 years of planning and work and by breaching two downtown dams, will be managed by Uptown Columbus, Inc. a nonprofit downtown revitalization company.