City Council to Vote on River Walk

The proposed plan to build a River Walk in Downtown Rockford could get final approval at tonight's city council meeting.

The $5 million dollar beautificaion project includes a 200 foot pedestrian cable bridge with center masts shooting 80 feet above the Rock River. The transformation would add thousands of square feet to the river front including Rockford's Museum Campus. The campus is finishing up its own expansion projects, and leaders there hope the riverwalk will bring positive change for everyone.

"The River Walk will be a wonderful addition, and a wonderful compliment to what we're doing right here on the campus, and it will connect downtown to the museum campus. So we're excited, we think it will be beneficial to the entire community in a variety of ways"
said Anne Marie Miller from the Discovery Museum.

The city is expected to vote on using an additional $330,000 dollars from the general fund for the project. The rest of the city's contribution will come from its motor fuel tax reserves.


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  • by Jim Location: Rockford on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Foot Bridge!!! There is one at Riverside,Auburn,Whitman,Jefferson bridges!!! How many do we need??? It was said it will bring business downtown!! Well, the downtown mall was to do that,but where is the mall today??? It is to be paid for in part by road tax money,which keeps going up but the roads are still full of pot holes!! We don't need foot bridges we need better road repair!! It's like a mine field to get to down town. Maybe if the roads were better people would go downtown!!!
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