City Council approves collaboration for Finlay Park.

PositionColumbia City Council - U.S. National Whitewater Center - Brief article

Columbia City Council unanimously approved a measure Tuesday night allowing city staff to begin working with Charlotte-based Whitewater Holdings LLC on plans to redevelop Finlay Park.

The city put out a request for proposals on the Finlay Park development in August, and only Whitewater Holdings, which runs the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, responded. The action by City Council on Tuesday is not a final contract but allows city manager Teresa Wilson and other city staff to collaborate with Whitewater Holdings on a conceptual design for Finlay Park.

"This is a beginning, not an ending," said Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin. "We've been very careful to go through a very intentional procurement process that is fully infused with the vision that the community has expressed and we feel that this is a very exciting opportunity."

Benjamin added that the public will have the opportunity to provide input on any plans for the park.

Jonathan Comish, president of the Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association, told council that he was glad to see "an innovative solution...

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