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The City of Bradenton started the development of the land adjacent to the Manatee River in 1999 with the intention to address:


Click here to view the Riverwalk East Expansion Community Engagement timeline.

Riverwalk 2012 Phase

The Riverwalk improvements completed in fall 2012 created a variety of offerings. Click here for the Riverwalk map, and click here for a photo gallery.

Active Features

Passive Features

Educational and Art Features

Proposed Riverwalk East Guiding Themes

Health and wellness in a community is holistic and includes fitness, nutrition, literacy, arts, heritage, civic pride, and social connections.


City Competitiveness Indicators
Increasingly, cities compete for residents, visitors, investors, and new businesses. High-quality public places, which offer a range of features and events, are a proven strategy to promote quality of life and economic growth.

Health Indicators Show
78% of health costs nation-wide are related to lifestyle. Community health improves with more opportunities for recreation, walking, biking, and social connections.

Economic Indicators Show
More than 30 studies have shown that quality parks have a positive impact on nearby property values. According to Americans for the Arts’ “Arts & Economic Prosperity” report, homes located near a park, may have their value increase by up to $81.54 per square foot.

Tourism Indicators Show
Over one third of the U.S. traveling public (55 million) seek places where they can interact with the people, history, culture, and features of a destination.

Community Trust Indicators Show
The Center for Active Design reports that residents who walk frequently report higher civic engagement across a number of measures. They are 5% more likely to have regular chance encounters with neighbors, 13% more likely to help a neighbor, and 10% more likely to think that a neighbor would help them. They are also 11% more likely to engage in stewardship activities such as sweeping the sidewalk or picking up litter. Their research also finds that walking is associated with higher perceptions of safety. Respondents who get around their neighborhood by walking are 12% more likely to report that both their neighborhood, and their local park, are safe at night.

Public Safety Indicators Show
The Center for Active Design reports that residents who reported the presence of well-maintained lights in their local park were more likely to report high levels of trust in the police (+6%), trust in their neighbors (+6%), and trust in local government (+4%).

Civic Trust Indicators Show
The Center for Active Design reports that residents who live near a popular park reported high levels of civic engagement. For example, those who reported that the park closest to their home was regularly used by many people were 29% more likely to be satisfied with the local parks and recreation department, and 14% more likely to be satisfied with the local police.


Riverwalk East
Riverwalk East is an extension of the downtown Bradenton Riverwalk. This 1.5 acre tract of land, owned by the City of Bradenton, is located in the vicinity of the 100 block of 14th Street East in Bradenton, FL.

Master Plan
A master plan is a comprehensive vision designed for a specific space often owned by a municipality. Development of the plan occurs following community engagement, consideration of size and scope of land and consideration of topography. Once the plan is developed and approved by the municipality, a timeframe for implementation and budget is established. Often master plans are completed in multiple phases depending on funding sources.

Passive Recreational Use
Passive recreational use refers to lesser structured recreational activities in a public park space. Examples of passive recreation activities include: walking, biking, jogging, wildlife viewing, bird watching, painting, and photography. These activities are often enjoyed on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require significant infrastructure improvements.

Active Recreational Use
Active recreational use refers to recreational activity that requires significant infrastructure for the purposes of active sports and/or organized events. Examples of active recreation activities include: team sports, archery, pickleball and, tennis. Active recreation use often includes specific turf management and maintenance to accommodate the active use.

Linear Park
A linear park is a park often found in an urban or suburban setting that is substantially longer than it is wide.

Right of Way
A right-of-way is an easement which allows the right to make a way over a piece of land, typically for transportation (example: walking path) purposes. The owner of the land keeps the benefits and privileges of ownership and the public benefits from the additional freedom of movement.

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