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About the Riverwalk Expansion

Supported by funding from the Knight Donor Advised Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation, Realize Bradenton worked with the City of Bradenton, Kimley-Horn, and community partners to coordinate resident participation in this new chapter of Bradenton’s beloved park.   


COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

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. Below are some highlights of our conversations.

TOP 5 MOST INTRIGUING IDEAS

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

TOP 5 “HOW I WANT TO RIVERWALK EAST TO FEEL”

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

TOP 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

Neighbors’ ideas were ‘brought to life’ for one day at the “Park for a Day” event in April 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’.

Our hope is that this project adds to the chorus of voices involved in “placemaking” * as a way to get people positively involved in the future of their community.

 “To love one’s city, and to have a part in its advancement and improvement, is the highest privilege and duty of a citizen.”

~ Daniel Burnham, 1909

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