GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some eastern organizations want to see more use of the Tar River. In an effort to bring more tourism, they’re creating camping platforms in three different areas along the river.
“Building a water trail certainly is a way for people to get out and enjoy the river, “says Harrison Marks.
Executive Director Harrison Marks with Sound Rivers says platforms like this will attract more people to the Tar River. He says the camping sites are 16 by 32 with some parts screened in.
They have already built multiple platforms in other surrounding towns, like Washington and Tarboro.
“We have six platforms currently and we have three more that are getting underway that sound be completed in the next 90 days and we have funding approved for four more after that.”
The city of Greenville funded 10,000 dollars build three platforms. The locations will be the west edge of town, one by port terminal, and another at River Park North.
“It’s a great opportunity to get people out and around the river and that’s really what it’s all about.”
Christopher Horrigan with River Park North says the platforms will cost 20 dollars a night. He says it’s a great way to get the whole family involved.
“it’s going to allow us to host kayakers, canoes, who are drifting down the river, it’s also going to allow scout groups, girl scouts, boy scouts, church groups to go down to the river and have that experience. It will also be used as an offsite lab as well for Pitt County School students.”
Marks says Sound Rivers will keep up with the maintenance of the platforms. He believes the city will ultimately benefit from the new structures.
“More people out coming to appreciate the river and we also think it’s an opportunity to build ecotourism and economic development for a number of the towns and cities along the Tar-Pamlico River,” says Marks.
The first camping platform in Greenville is set to be finished by the end of summer.