Project Description

Olympic Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Venue


Location: Cleveland, Tennessee

Status: Completed in 1996


  • Master plan, construction documentation, and construction administration for Olympic whitewater competition venue
  • Planning and landscape design of the course and venue amenities


  • ASLA Georgia Chapter President’s Award for Excellence (Master Plan and Project Awards)
  • ASLA Tennessee Chapter President’s Award for Excellence (Master Plan)


Thomas Walsh, while with another firm, was responsible for guiding the Olympic Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Competition Venue through master planning, detailed design, and construction. This project marked the first time in Olympic history that this event was held in a natural river channel.

The scope of this project included designing the facilities which were used for the Canoe and Kayak events during the 1996 Olympic Games, a new channel design for the section of the Ocoee River that is used as a competition course, and seating for 15,000 spectators. The venue has been retained for use by the U.S. Forest Service and is the only 1996 Olympic Venue located outside of the state of Georgia.