North River rafting business looks to the hills for expansion

Planning Board poised to make decision on zip line

Marko Schmale, of Whitewater Challengers in North River

Marko Schmale, of Whitewater Challengers in North River

— “So if a group of people on the spur of the moment said, ‘hey let’s go try some paintball,’ this would be a place where they could do that,” he said.

The interpretive hiking trail will feature informational graphics describing types of trees and other plants growing along the trail along with background information talking about why certain plants grow in certain places.

“It’s a nice wooded lot,” Schmale said of the 17-acre parcel. “It’s ideal for a hiking trail.”

The facility could be open as soon as May if Planning Board approval comes soon, he said. When open, the facility will add a half-dozen or more positions to his existing staff, Schmale said. He envisions hiring two assistant manager type people to help run the facility. In addition, he said he’ll need four or five more staff to properly assist guests.

“Everybody around town seems excited,” Schmale said, describing the reception he’s gotten to his plan. “My goal is to be able to make money and hire more people. We want to cater to what visitors to the area want and I think offering these options is a way to do it.”

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