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Riverfront meeting slated for Oct. 18

By Staff | Oct 8, 2010

There are so many ways to enjoy a river – fishing, swimming, canoeing, even just watching the river flow, the exciting eddy’s created by the rocks jutting out. The local Potomac offers all that and more.

Last October, town officials held a press conference to announce the intent to launch a new project to revitalize the Town’s Potomac River frontage. Mayor Jim Auxer provided some history to the process.

“The people wanted to preserve the Historic Tobacco Warehouse. This project will encompass the town-owned land around it.”

This land includes the Shepherdstown Riverfront, Cullison park, Rumsey Monument park, the Town Run boat ramp and the lower end of the Town Run.

The investigative work has been done by a group of people from a variety of sources: National Park Service, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Shepherdstown Parks and Recreation Committee and the Shepherdstown Rotary Club. The groups are now ready to present their findings.

They will hold a press conference that is open to the public at 7 p.m. at the Train Station in Shepherdstown on Oct. 18.

David Humphreys, attorney and retired executive, was asked by Auxer to work with the group and report back to the community.

“The group has several goals: preserve the historic aspects of the town and Town Run, preserve the existing riverfront and make the riverfront more accessible to the public,” Humphreys said.

With any project of this magnitude there has been both opposition and support. Humphreys shared that Shepherd University and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission are offering support.