Work has begun on a new river recreation project in southwest Ohio.
What will be known as Mad River Run in Dayton is expected to draw kayaks and canoes. It will feature a 2,100-foot whitewater stretch that includes a drop, with more drops planned when funds become available.
The Dayton Daily News reports that Five Rivers MetroParks says the project includes conservation measures, with bank stabilization work.
The first phase of construction is funded in part by a $100,000 Dayton Rotary Club donation.
The parks agency says the Mad River section being worked on is one of the most heavily paddled and fished sections of the spring-fed river.
Visitors to Oct. 4-5 Midwest Outdoor Experience in Dayton should be able to see the project.