Cumberland Times-News

March 3, 2014

Lack of leadership results in waste of tourist attractions

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— If Canal Place were someplace other than Cumberland, it would be a tourist attraction with a canal museum, a market place, various eateries, shops of interest and a canal ride.

The failure of canal place seems to be that those in charge don’t know what to do (or how to) to make it attract the tourist dollar. The tourist dollar is the only way to keep it alive as local support will not.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad proves that its success depends on the tourist dollar, not local support.

Cumberland has had many potential sites that would have brought the tourist dollar into the area, but has destroyed or neglected them over the years.

Again all the problems seem to stem from poor leadership or direction as to how to use our great history to improve our economy.

Canal Place can be a success for all to enjoy and experience if we show the talent and faith in Cumberland’s future economy.

Mel Collins