Truckee River Kayak Park Dedicated

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Mayor Bob Cashell helped cut the ribbon Tuesday at the new whitewater park and kayak course in downtown Reno that local leaders hope will boost tourism in the area.

"With a whitewater park and kayak slalom racing course in the heart of downtown, the area is truly `America's Adventure Place,'" Cashell said.

"This unique attraction already has brought a vibrant new spirit to our city and a promise of great enjoyment in the years to come for citizens and visitors of all ages," he said.

The $1.5 million Truckee River park features 11 "drop pools" and boulders for kayaking maneuvers, a slalom racing course and 7,000 tons of smooth flat rocks along the shores for easy river access and spectator seating.

"The entire state will benefit from the beauty and vitality this whitewater park provides," Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt said.

The whitewater course runs 2,600 feet. It's rapids are rated as Class 2 and Class 3 on a scale of one to six, with Class 6 the most difficult.