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Northbank Riverwalk Extension Approved

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville City Council has approved extending the NorthbankRiverwalk under the Fuller-Warren Bridge from theRiverside Arts Market to Riverside Park in Five Points.

Plans for the extension have been on the books since the late 90's, but funding for the project was hard to come by.

Right now, the area is a fenced-in site with two dry retention ponds. The Artist Walk is expected to include sidewalks, green space, benches, lighting and two fountains.

Credit Melody Bishop
Artist rendering of the Artists' Walk under the Fuller-Warren Bridge

Funding for the $5 million project comes from a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and the city of Jacksonville.

Some City Council members voted against project, saying the more than $2 million in city funding was too expensive. But the majority on the Council say the project is long overdue and it needs to be done now or the funding from the Department of Transportation would have been lost.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.