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Ocoee Whitewater Center public input survey now open

From News 12: The Ocoee Whitewater Center is now asking for the public’s input on the rebuilding of the site destroyed by fire. They also announced their proposed timeline for the center.


A fire caused the building in Copperhill to close more than a year ago. However, the day use area and trails are still open to the public.


The center is now asking Polk County citizens and Ocoee visitors to fill out an online survey giving their input on the reconstruction. Back in April, the Cherokee National Forest announced their plans to receive public input.


“Public input is essential to the planning process. ‘Reimagine the OWC’ will engage stakeholders, user groups, residents, and others to inform the future of the site through focus groups, interviews, and an online survey,” Reimagine the Ocoee Whitewater Center (OWC) says on their website.


The survey is open until Labor Day. Click here to take the survey.


As of Thursday afternoon, the Chamber of Commerce said they had already received around 3,000 survey responses.


The OWC’s timeline shows this summer is their input collecting and site assessment phase.


This fall, the OWC plans to evaluate and interpret their proposed uses of the site. They will design in the winter and finalize their plans for development in the spring.