By Josh Shaffer – Raleigh News and Observer

Just below Falls Dam, the Neuse River rapids can churn up a bubbling playground of 3-foot waves, a brief shock of commotion on an otherwise sleepy waterway.

To paddlers, it’s the perfect spot for a whitewater park.

But as plans for the park unfold, so does opposition. To people who remember the Neuse before it was dammed, any further fiddling with its natural course is a slap in the face. Many are pushing for an all-natural park that won’t look fake or chase off wildlife…..