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Porterdale building recreation options

Residents and visitors interested in paddling down the Yellow River can now launch their kayaks from the Porterdale Landing. The city worked to build steps to replace the muddy pathway down to the river so it’s more accessible to launch a kayak. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

Residents and visitors interested in paddling down the Yellow River can now launch their kayaks from the Porterdale Landing. The city worked to build steps to replace the muddy pathway down to the river so it’s more accessible to launch a kayak. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

PORTERDALE — Mayor Arline Chapman and the Porterdale City Council want to continue building the recreation scene to draw more visitors.

The city recently opened its first kayak launch for those who want to paddle down the Yellow River. The launch, located off Hemlock Street at the Yellow River Park, offers easy access for residents and visitors to put their kayaks in.

A ribbon cutting will be held on June 14 along with a barbecue and the second Mellow on the Yellow river paddling series.

“We’ve embraced this whole kayak and Yellow River recreation aspect as a city. And we absolutely love it,” Chapman said. “I never dreamed that it would become what it’s turned into. As our business community grows, these kayakers are the ones that will support us.”

But there are more recreation opportunities coming for those who would rather stay on land. Professional Disc Golf Association designer John Ritger presented the council with an 18-hole disc golf course to be located on the nearly 23 acres the city owns along the river.

City Manager Bob Thomson said the property would need to be cleared, but it’s something the city needs to do.

“It wouldn’t be done overnight, but it’s very doable and a lot of people are excited about it,” Thomson said. “We still need to look at ways to fund the project, but we will begin looking at the layout options in early fall.”

Chapman said the sport is growing in popularity and could bring a wide range of visitors into the city.

“I don’t think Porterdale will become a large industrial-type town, we feel our history and recreation is what we have the most to offer,” Chapman said. “That is what will continue to bring economic growth to Porterdale. As long as we have those two elements, we will continue to be a good, healthy and happy community.”