Brazos Trails 1-26-2012
Let’s develop the river now
During our visit to the Alamo Bowl we got a fresh look at the remarkable
river walk in downtown San Antonio.
Here’s a view I took there on that Thursday.
I keep thinking our powers that be will see the viability of a revised river
walk. For sure we need some boats on the river. This would be another
tourist venue plus something for our locals to enjoy. Now that we have a
steady constant level Lake Brazos. lets hope some investor see the
opportunities the river could bring for themselves but also for our tourist
and home folks. When we did have boats cruising the river we got an entirely
new look at what we have right here in our midst.
Many investors have discovered downtown Waco. Maybe they or others will take
a new look at what can be done on the river. I can envision restaurants,
clubs and shops that open out onto the waters edge.
A Willie Nelson club would surely be a hit. A piano bar like Dirty Nellies
would be great.
When Baylor gets its new fancy stadium along the river this could spark many
more venues. Think about a host of tailgate parties along the river.
The river boats could be bigger than the ones in San Antonio. More like ones
you see in Germany. They could be covered when the weather turned cool, so
they could operate all year.
When Lake Brazos East and the Bill Daniel community gets rebuilt we could
have parties there followed by a river boat cruise. How doesp a moonlight
ride on the Brazos sound?
City of Waco booklet about the Brazos Corridor
After we wrote this column, I get this nice booklet in the mail from Rusty
Black who heads up Waco parks and recreation. The book outlines the dreams I
have had for a long time. Only exception — I think we could have bigger all
Look it over. The ideas in this booklet are a result of a two year planning
committee, starting with Virginia DuPuy who was mayor at the time.
The 64 page booklet is a little more than I envisioned. like counting the
wildlife up and down the river corridor.
Perhaps the biggest challenge now is for investors to come forward to put
boats on the river, since we lost at least three of them. Mainly this is
because we didn’t have a dam that would keep the water level up. Now we hope
we are past this problem and are ready to go forward.
He agrees with me This is Waco’s greatest treasurer.
If you want a copy go to www.waco-texas.com
I met Joe Paterno, when he flew into Waco to be a part of the celebration
for Baylor Coach Grant Teaff after he won a trip to the Cotton Bowl game.
Winning more games than any other coach will be a high mark that will ho
doubt stand forever. This must have been in 1988.
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