HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the City of Huntsville launched its master planning process last summer, city planners immediately set their sights on Ditto Landing.
The nearly 600-acre park on the Tennessee River, which includes a marina, boat dock and campground, was widely recognized as one of the most underutilized attractions in Huntsville.
After nearly a year of meetings with the public and the Ditto Landing Board of Directors, city leaders are finally ready to reveal their plans for the property. An open house is set for Wednesday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Ditto Landing’s Kingston Pavilion. Officials will be available to go over the plan in detail and answer any questions. All are welcome.
Until then, Huntsville’s Urban and Long Range Planning Manager Dennis Madsen is willing to give a few hints about what the plan includes. All are based on recommendations that came from the public, either through the Citizens Academy held last June or the online survey that followed.
“I think the boat rental piece is a very early win that we are trying to incorporate,” Madsen says.
The rentals were classified as “nautical rentals” in the survey, which could mean anything from paddle boats to paddle boards.
Other likely changes include improvements to the campground, even potentially “some type of restaurant on the waterfront,” Madsen adds.
The changes will take place in phases as funding permits.