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Canton tourism officials hope to increase visitors with levee walk

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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -

 A tri-state city is trying to draw visitors in with a new 2,000 foot levee walk that stretches down the Mississippi Riverfront.

Canton city officials cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new project today.

"It's very beautiful and peaceful out here. The river is gorgeous," said Angie Hultz.

Angie Hultz heard about the new levee walk, and said she wanted to bring her family to check it out.

"I had never been up here before to see this area and now we can get a closer look at the river and all the wildlife and everything that is out here," said Hultz.

Robin Jarvis of the Canton Tourism Commission said she hopes the new levee walk that stretches 2,000 feet along the Mississippi River brings more visitors like Hultz to the area.

"We would like to do is build an eco-tourism area in the Canton area. This is a great place to watch birds. I was out here the other day and there were hundreds of pelicans on the opposite shore and just in different parts of the year there is different types of birds that come through here. So, we hope it will be attractive to bird enthusiasts," said Jarvis. 

The levee walk was funded almost fully by a MoDot grant at a cost of $155,000, with the tourism commission paying 20% of the cost through hotel bed taxes.

Canton tourism officials are in the design and development stages of adding an observation deck.

Jarvis said the walk is a place for visitors to enjoy nature and relax.

"Anybody that wants a pretty view, this is a great place for that. There is always something going on the river, barge traffic coming through, ferry's running all the time. There is always something to look at," said Jarvis.  

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