In a recent News Release by Stuart Main Street, residents of Stuart where made aware of the completion of the new Riverwalk extension continues the city waterfront boardwalk to Colorado Avenue. The almost $500,000 project was completed by Brothers’ Construction under the supervision of the City of Stuart Public Works Department. Designed by local firm, CAPTEC Engineering, the project includes a 10 foot wide pedestrian boardwalk extending 455 feet along the downtown waterfront from the Riverwalk Stage to a mini park at the foot of Colorado Avenue.
Specifics of the News Release indicate that the boardwalk and two access walkways are located in the landward extent of the St. Lucie River, a Class III waterway, and underwent rigorous review and permitting by Evergreen Engineering, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The $464,668 final cost was funded equally by the City of Stuart and the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), which previously helped fund construction of the original boardwalk and stage.
To officially open the extension, the News Release stated that some 70 local residents, business owners, dignitaries and others braved the rain as Stuart Main Street hosted a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly completed Riverwalk Extension on November 19. City of Stuart Vice Mayor, Jeffrey Krauskopf did the honors, joined by fellow City Commissioners, staff, and representatives from Stuart Main Street. The rain stopped briefly and Krauskopf cut the ribbon just in time to allow two early morning joggers to continue their run on the popular boardwalk along the downtown waterfront to Colorado Avenue.
The St. Lucie Riverwalk is enjoyed by residents and visitors from all around the country. In the winter, spring, summer and fall—the Riverwalk is utilized for access in the downtown area as well as the pleasure of a morning jog or evening stroll with weekend events centered around the Riverwalk Stage location. This new extension to Colorado Avenue adds more accessibility and greater pleasure for the outdoors. All in all, Stuart Main Street is succeeding in its revitalization efforts for downtown Stuart—making it beautiful and quaint as they progress on.
Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 historic preservation-based program dedicated to building a vital downtown through community self-reliance and a focus on traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Recent projects include the Downtown Outdoor Dining Platforms, expansion of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue, the Shop Local | Shop Smart program, and the Rock’n Riverwalk free weekly concerts
Source: Stuart Main Street News Release Nov. 19, 2015