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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boat, bike rentals along Scioto may enliven river Downtown [Dispatch]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:59 PM
BY JEFFREY SHEBAN


The Columbus Dispatch


For more on the prospect of boat rentals at the Scioto Mile riverfront park, watch Dispatch reporter Jeffrey Sheban on WBNS-10TV between 6:30 and 7 on Wednesday morning.
The notion of rental boats plying the Scioto River Downtown is being floated by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


After soliciting proposals for a nonmotorized-boat concession in June, the department has heard back from two groups wanting to offer kayaks and canoes for rent by the hour at a riverfront location to be determined.


The concession - which would likely be part of the newly renovated Scioto Mile riverfront park - could be operational as early as this summer, department spokeswoman Terri Leist said.


"It's a way to bring additional activities to the riverfront," she said.


One of the bidders, the for-profit California company Wheel Fun Rentals, would offer bike rentals along with watercraft.


The other bidder, an Ohio nonprofit group called HERO USA, proposes boats only but is open to the idea of bikes. [continue reading at Dispatch]

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