CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Officials from the city of Cumberland and the National Park Service are making progress toward a Potomac River public access point for kayakers and canoeists.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that officials toured several potential launch sites Monday. Most say they favor building a ramp near a rewatered section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near Interstate 68.

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Paddlers would park near the Canal Place retail shops and put in at the canal basin in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Then they would paddle across the canal, pull out on the other side and carry their boats down the ramp to the river.

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City Councilman Nick Scarpelli says the plan would promote economic activity. He says highway travelers would see the paddlers and stop to explore the area.

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