The project also created space where food trucks and kayak-delivery vehicles can park and drop-off equipment and small events can be held, Scarff said.
“We’ve created a space where people really can be comfortable and hang out and watch what’s going on, because that’s what we’re finding people want to do,” she said. “They want to be down by the river.”
MetroParks will use a $57,700 state paddling enhancement grant and about $105,000 in private funds to acquire and install tables, Chaise lounge chairs, shade structures and other furniture.
The funding will pay to put in a new kayak rack and safety and informational signage, a mural at River Run terrace, a turn-around area for trailers at the second chute near Code Credit Union and safety anchors at both chutes.
The new amenities are expected to be installed by the end of September.
Scarff said it’s unclear whether there will be programming and food trucks at River Run this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Programming involving these new experiences will take as soon as it is safe to do so, officials said.
April and William Perkins live at the Biltmore Towers, a senior living apartment building located a few blocks from RiverScape.
They spend a couple hours along the river nearly every day to walk their dog and enjoy the scenery and fresh air.
“It’s beautiful,” said April Perkins, who is 55.
Perkins said lots of people hang out by the river every day, especially families with kids, who seem to like the views and peace and quiet.
“It’s just an all-around great place to be,” she said.