On October 24, 2019, City Leadership met with the newly appointed Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife, Amanda Wuestefeld to present the Riverfront project and were encouraged by her willingness to work with the community. The design team officially submitted the project to the INDNR the following week (October 28th) for permits. We anticipate receiving the project permits in April and hope to be under construction in late summer/early fall of 2020. We have also presented the proposed improvements to representatives of Congressman Pence and Governor Holcomb, who support the many benefits of the Riverfront project.
"Our extensive trail network not only is important to the vitality of our community, but it serves as a catalyst to development and environmental preservation which makes our community an attractive place to live, work and play. The Riverfront trail is the missing link in our downtown that is needed to safely connect users to Mill Race Park and the eastern and western segments of the trail network."
- Angela C. Force
"We are very supportive of the riverfront project because of all the many ways this project will afford more opportunities for area residents to live an active lifestyle."
- Elizabeth S. Morris, LCSW
Director of Community Health Partnerships
"The riverfront trail will give bicyclists and pedestrians improved access and connectivity, between the north side of the city and the downtown area. This project would positively impact all who live and work in Columbus as well as the many visitors who come each year."
- Cindy Frey
Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
"Communities across Indiana and the US are looking to their riverfronts as assets for spurring economic growth. Riverfront development is increasingly seen as means of attracting dollars and activity to underutilized areas. Columbus is poised to join the growing number of cities investing in downtown waterways as means of shaping development, enhancing livability, increasing property values, and promoting health and fitness."
- Karen Niverson
Columbus Indiana Area Visitors Center
"The Columbus Riverfront Project attempts to give all those that visit the river those opportunities: to watch, interact and be near the river. Cities across the nation understand the importance of waterfront development and the City of Columbus is beginning to understand the importance as well."
- Tony Moravec
"An active riverfront area will add to the allure of our city and will help attract more skilled workers needed to fill future jobs. Most importantly, a redesigned riverfront will give our citizens safe access to a natural resource that is currently underutilized"
- Kyle Hendricks
Riverfront Redevelopment in the Midwest
Redeveloped Riverfronts are creating valuable assets and driving economic development for communities across the Midwest. Click on the cities below to see some of the exciting ways communities have revitalized their riverfronts into beautiful parks and greenways that are reconnecting people to their rivers and waterways.