City leaders, business owners, and community residents gathered around maps of the proposed 'river district' and shared ideas for future redevelopment of the urban corridor of Racine's Root River throughout 2011 and 2012. Ideas garnered from these meetings ranged in focus.
Though ideas were vetted for feasibility, the goal of these planning sessions was to think beyond percieved limitations. To dream big. Some ideas shared included:
- Integrating Root River theme into area retail districts.
- Creating public access on both sides of the Root River from the Lakefront to Island Park.
- Increasing signage and road markings ; establishing street-level bike lanes.
- Increasing public and family activities along/on the Root River (ie. ice rinks, cross country ski, flea market, food vendors, water taxi)
- Increasing marketing of Racine, the Root River and the Lakefront at trade-shows in metro-Chicago/Milwaukee area, and billboards on Interstate.
- 3-4 season amusement park
- Lighting, benches, trash/recycling receptacles
- Public Art- retaining wall, public sculpture garden
- Public gardens- native gardens, public orchard
- Annual festival on River bank
- Small seasonal shop/vendor 'huts' (14'x20')
JOIN THE NEXT PUBLIC MEETING :
September 27 4-8pm
@Root River Environmental Education Community Center
1301 6th Street, Racine