Nick McWilliams reporting – Easy access to the Tuscarawas River is now available behind Water Works Fields Park.

The new boat ramp, officially opened by New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day and city council members, gives kayak and canoe riders the chance to float down the river.

Those in attendance at the official opening traveled down the river to the second ramp, which is located at the former Carlise Canoe Livery along State Route 416 outside the corporation limits.

Day thanked all who came, before setting off on the inaugural trip.

“Today marks the end of a journey that began nearly four years ago when this riverfront property was donated to the city by Joe and Cheryl Coniglio. Their generosity created the opportunity to open up this stretch of the Tuscarawas River for recreational use, which, in turn, will help our local economy.” 

With a focus on improving recreational opportunities to attract tourists and give local residents a new escape.

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, along with Rural Action, also thanked those in attendance, and asked for a concentrated effort for maintaining and improving the area, along with Day.

“We have a river. We’re very fortunate that we do. And it’s an asset that many communities don’t have. It’s ours to enjoy. Along with that enjoyment comes the responsibility to enjoy the river’s environment, and its habitats.”

A canoe and kayak rental service is expected in the former Riverside Welding building at the top of the ramp at some point.

Residents are asked to review river safety tips before taking a trip on the water.

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