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Rapids at Manchester Whitewater Park now open

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MANCHESTER (AP) -

Work recently was finished to convert a stretch of the Maquoketa River into rapids in Delaware County.

Crews have completed installing six, 18-inch drops along a 900-foot stretch of the river for the new Manchester Whitewater Park.

Organizers say the $2 million-plus project isn't yet finished due to construction costs exceeding project estimates. The addition of amenities like public restrooms and benches has been delayed.

Executive director Jack Klaus of the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce says the community already is enjoying the benefits of the attraction with the rapids being open to the public. A "soft opening" celebration is scheduled for this weekend.

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