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. With $350,000, [the city Raleigh, North Carolina] has taken the first steps toward making this stretch a more picturesque version of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.

But as their plans 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…..Read more at