Construction to begin on ‘national caliber’ whitewater park made possible by Oklahoma, Arkansas partnerships, officials say

BY TIM STANLEY
Tulsa World
11/02/2020 09:00 AM
Reprinted with permission
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An artist’s rendering depicts of the planned WOKA Whitewater Park on the upper Illinois River along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border in northeastern Adair County. GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
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The Grand River Dam Authority is working on a whitewater park along the Illinois River near Siloam Springs, Arkansas. MAPS4NEWS.COM/LEE ENTERPRISES
WEST SILOAM SPRINGS – A new whitewater park in the works for a site on the upper Illinois River is expected to draw 85,000 kayakers, surfers, tubers and other visitors annually when it opens in 2023, officials said.

On Thursday, representatives from the Grand River Dam Authority, along with other stakeholders from Oklahoma and Arkansas, will officially announce the start of construction on the WOKA Whitewater Park, to be located on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border in northeastern Adair County.

In lieu of a groundbreaking due to COVID-19, the announcement will be made virtually, officials said.
GRDA is partnering with the city of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, on the project. Funding for most of the $33 million construction will be provided by the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation.

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