About

CURRENT RIVERWALK

before-after.jpgAsk anyone about downtown Bradenton and they are likely to mention the Riverwalk. The 1.5-mile park along the Manatee River opened in 2012 and is a popular gathering place for people of all ages.   

The current Riverwalk has something for everyone, and it was designed that way. Through an extensive public engagement process coordinated by Realize Bradenton, the community imagined the possibilities for the downtown riverfront. These collective dreams became reality and the attractive public park is now a point of pride for the City of Bradenton. 

RIVERWALK EAST EXPANSION

river-view.jpgThe Riverwalk East Expansion will complement the current Riverwalk through health and wellness elements, with a focus on passive recreation activities, and family-oriented spaces. What are passive recreation activities? Think: walking, biking, jogging, birdwatching, painting, and photography.

See a map of the Riverwalk East Expansion location.

 

 

SURVEY IS COMPLETE!

creating-together-square.pngFrom January 11–February 13, 2018, the community was asked to complete a survey sharing thoughts about the current Riverwalk and improvements they envisioned as the Riverwalk expands. Many thanks to the 884 people who took the survey.

READ THE SURVEY RESULTS

  • Click here for the Executive Summary in PDF format.
  • Click here for the Complete Survey Results in PDF format.
    • Don't have a PDF viewer? Click here to download a free version.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS A SUCCESS

We enjoyed meeting you! Realize Bradenton and Kimley-Horn talked with more than 500 people at the Bradenton Farmers' Market, and 200 people at Community Conversations which occurred in January and February 2018. You talked, and we listened. Below are some highlights of our conversations.

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Top 5 "Most Intriguing Ideas I Heard this Evening"

  1. Pier
  2. Observation Tower
  3. Pavilion on the Water for Weddings
  4. Public Art
  5. Kayak Launch

feel.pngTop 5 "How I Want to Riverwalk East to Feel"

  1. Safe
  2. Relaxing
  3. Fun
  4. Clean
  5. Natural/Green

do.pngTop 5 of "What I Want to Do at Riverwalk"

  1. Walk/Run
  2. Relax/Sit in Shade
  3. Bike
  4. Kayak
  5. Fishing

PARK FOR A DAY EVENT

Your thoughts and ideas were 'brought to life' - just for the day at the Park for a Day event on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Volunteers led by Millennial team leaders used feedback from the eight community conversations and the community survey to build 'examples' of park spaces using temporary materials, called 'parklets'.

Visit our Flickr photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfexJ75   

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Hear about the experience from the team leaders: Riverwalk Expansion Video (YouTube)

Read the “Creating Together” Toolkit on Simple Booklet: Creating Together Toolkit