The proposed Rivanna Whitewater Park would be located at Darden Towe Park, just upstream of the existing boat ramp. There is already an artificial ledge at this location, created by a 6’x6’ concrete casing around a sewer pipe, backed up by rough rip rap. Building a surfing spot here would involve shoring up and smoothing out the rip rap and creating a constriction with larger rocks in the river to form a play spot that would be be usable at many different river levels. The design would include a place for safe passage by novice boaters at reasonable water levels and may improve conditions for upstream passage by fish. The project would also involve some river bank stabilization to protect the riparian area and possibly boat ramp improvements.
This map shows the proposed location: