Marietta Serves as Riverfront Example

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

While Parkersburg is working to enhance its riverfront, the riverfront in Marietta continues to help the downtown area thrive.

With a lot of talk about the Riverfront Project in Parkersburg, the riverfront in Marietta is serving as an example of how it can benefit the city.

Phillip Clough lives outside of Marietta and likes spending time with his grandkids down by the river. Whether they're fishing, or just looking to have some good family fun.

"We go to the music on the levee. It's a nice little riverfront town. We really enjoy it," Clough said.

"It's just a lovely town, and it's just a beautiful view of the river here," Donetta Reese from California said.

Reese is visiting family in Lancaster, but can't resist getting a glimpse of the Ohio River from Marietta.

"It's a little bit out of my way, but it certainly is worth it," Reese said.

The riverfront attracts tourists and residents year-round, but it especially benefits the city when it brings in events like this coming weekend's Riverfront Roar.

The Levee on the Cafe's head chef Martha Carter knows the crowds this weekend will be on fire.

"It's gonna be, I couldn't say a mad-house, but it's gonna be very very busy. Everybody wants to sit on the cafe to watch the boats. The restaurant will be full, and people will just be walkin' up and down the streets," Carter said.

And busy streets means busy stores, and a boost in downtown business.


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  • by AARON Location: PARKERSBURG on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH THE NEW RIVERFRONT PARK IS GOING TO COST BECAUSE I'M NOT TOTALLY SOLD ON THE IDEA THAT IS GOING TO HAVE ANY KIND OF GOOD EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY. WHILE I DO BELIEVE IN SPRUCING UP PARKERSBURGS' IMAGE I DO NOT THINK THAT THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO BE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON "COSMETIC" PROJECTS WHEN THE MONEY COULD BE USED IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS ROAD RESURFACING,POLICE/FIRE EQUIPMENT,ETC.IF THERE WAS ANY TIME TO BE SPENDING MONEY WISELY IT IS NOW.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    real nice....until it floods.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Marietta embraced it's heritage and preserved it's self. Parkersburg wanted 'progress' and destroyed it's history many years ago. Won't ever bring it back .......I drove through downtown Marietta a few weekends ago and there was a gentleman playing guitar at an outdoor cafe there, literally stopped traffic!! Parkersburg has yard sales each weekend though!!
  • by Heather Location: Ohio on Jul 7, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Great job Marietta. Let's keep showing WV how it's done.
  • by Harry Location: Marietta, Ohio on Jul 6, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    Our Riverfront at Parkersburg has been closed for construction for about 4 months now? (approx) Why not take your cameras on the river side of the floodwall and show all the progress. Why is the Point Park even closed??
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