River Development Proposal Unveiled, Headed to City Council
by Christine Won
June 1, 2012
RACINE - A once-faraway vision of a revitalized riverfront Downtown has taken root and is closer to reality, supporters hope.
The Root River Corridor Redevelopment Plan, "RootWorks," being touted as the first of such a comprehensive nature to focus on the river, was unveiled to the public Thursday night.
The plan's goal for the approximately 325-acre Root River corridor between Memorial Drive and the river's mouth are fourfold: to create a sense of place, increase public access and interaction, improve water quality and stimulate economic growth. The plan proposes to do that by creating new boardwalks, bike paths closer to the water, a seasonal food court area, a music venue and more, including the River Loop, a proposed 1.75-mile recreation loop connected to the Root River Pathway.