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TRANSFORMING THE RIVERFRONT INTO A COMMUNITY ASSET

Evansville Riverfront Revitalization

Evansville, Indiana
Type
Revitalization
Size
1/3 Mile
Cost
$11,000,000
Completed
October 2001

City of Evansville

When VPS Architecture was selected by Mayor Frank McDonald to design a refurbished downtown riverfront, the existing Dress Plaza had become a dangerous place, with broken paving, weeds in the rip-rap stone and trash strewn everywhere.

The architects and planners at VPS enlisted a team of landscape architect consultants from Storrow-Kinsella Associates of Indianapolis, and civil engineers from Bernardin-Lochmueller Associates of Evansville, to help them transform the riverfront into a community asset that can be enjoyed by visitors and local residents of all ages.

In July each year, the terraced riverfront is transformed into a lawn-chair grandstand for “Thunder on the Ohio.” Complete with a double boat launch, the riverfront at the bend of the Ohio River and the foot of Main Street, is a landmark recreational site for the people in Evansville.