Morgan District Riverwalk Opens

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Grand Opening planned for August 23 between Oregon and 6th

The trail along the Fox River known simply as “riverwalk” has moved one step closer to full completion.  As of late July, the Morgan District section stretching from Boatworks to the Dockside Tavern – about ¼ mile – has opened, with a celebration and ribbon cutting set for early evening on August 23.

According to city officials, all that is left for the multi-million dollar project is to install benches, lights, and final grading.

The south side of the river now features some of the more unique and intriguing elements of the riverwalk, including the Boatworks Bridge and overlook and the kayak launch.

Community Development Director Allen Davis believes the completed riverwalk fulfills two important goals for the city.  “The completed Morgan District Riverwalk helps with redevelopment of adjoining properties.  It is critical for the Marion Road area, the City Center and Morgan District.  It also reconnects citizens with the river after being cut-off by industrial uses for 150 years.  It also provides a loop for riverwalk users on the north and south shores.”

The City has used tax incremental financing (TIF) funds and various grants from WisDNR to fund the riverwalk.  According to Davis, the city has not used general taxpayer funding.

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