HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Throughout the next decade, Ditto Landing will hardly be a repeat experience for visitors.
Wednesday, Huntsville City and Madison County leaders unveiled eight months worth of public input and planning for what they say has been one of the area's most underutilized attractions.
Ditto Landing spans nearly 600 acres of land along the Tennessee River, but until now, only 35 acres were truly in use.
"They all really kind of fit in with the overall theme, which is just take advantage of the recreational aspect of it, make sure that you maintain the beauty of it and the natural state of it," said Huntsville Urban and Long Range Planning Manager Dennis Madsen.
The plan will be broken into three phases spanning about ten years with a mixture of public and private funding and it was all inspired by the community.
"This facility belongs to the public," said Ditto Landing board of directors chairman Wallace Kirkpatrick. "We, as the steward, have a responsibility to perfect it for public use."
The Madison County Commission also provided $20,000 of seed money to jumpstart the project that is expected to jumpstart the revitalization of the Tennessee River waterfront.
"We Ditto to become not just a great amenity for Huntsville, but to really become a regional recreation destination," said Madsen.
One of the first upgrades includes paddleboard, kayak and canoe rental. It is expected to be in place by June.
For a breakdown of all the phases of improvements, click here.