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Beach on the River

There is an artificial beach across the river from Triana that is hugely popular. If we had a beach on the river in Huntsville it would be HUGELY popular. How can we be given such a great God given gift like the Tennessee River and do so little with it? Hobbs Island would be a great option for a location but across 231 from Ditto landing might work or even across from the river, but that would put it outside the city. We need a beach and it only points to incompetence that it didn't happen 50 years ago. We could use the rail lines to add light rail or put in busses to haul kids and others. This is a no brainier that should have already happened.


Submitted by joe 3 months ago

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  1. I think this is a great idea. There is another beach on the Tennessee River near Florence that is really popular. It's nothing fancy, and as pointed out here, did not take a lot of effort to set up.

    3 months ago
  2. Yeah, if we can set up an artificial beach on Fountain Circle downtown... we can set one up on a riverfront!

    3 months ago
  3. I grew up in South Huntsville and we used to swim at the crossing at Hobbs island, UAH Boat Docks, the Alabama State Docks and on the south side of the river on the beachers there when we were kids. There could be a way to make a public beach on the Huntsville side. There is a beach on the lacey springs side that is used widely.

    2 months ago
  4. I went to the Community Planning event last night at Ditto and proposed this idea. The supposedly insurmountable problem is the current is too swift to retain the sand. How did we ever make it too the moon, if we can't figure out how to make a beach? What I proposed is the area of land across 231 from Ditto on the city owned land. I also proposed that we dig out the bank to create a wider spot out of the current so our sand doesn't wash away. Not sure how sand got so expensive we couldn't afford to replentish it on occasion, but this should solve that problem anyway. Obviously the TVA is going to have to give their approval if you change the shoreline, but now I know why Huntsville thought a beach was impossible.

    2 months ago
    1. Agree with this idea. I'm sure it'll cost some money to put in the facility and keep the sand from being washed away but the payback would be decades of use.

      22 days ago
  5. A nice river walk with shops eateries entertainment

    1 month ago
  6. There are tenants that forbid retail on the river that can't be changed, so no shops unless they are portable.

    1 month ago
  7. Any development along the real riverfront will enhance visitors to our city. a trolly ride on those old railroad tracks to the landing area would also help with both visitors and people who perhaps live along those tracks.

    26 days ago
  8. If we do a beach it should be have a bike path to it. Also making it easily accessible to the campers should also be a high priority.

    22 days ago

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