Nearly 20 years after the idea was first proposed, Brewer’s Riverwalk — a mile-long walkway along the Penobscot River stretching from Veteran’s Park on Penobscot Street to Hardy Street — is finally complete.
The city is celebrating the completion of the Riverwalk with a festival Saturday afternoon, when the Riverwalk extension will be officially unveiled. Work on the extension was finished in November.
“It’s absolutely amazing to see this come to fruition,” Brewer Mayor Bev Uhlenhake said. “But while the walk may be built, I think this is really just the next step for the whole project. It’s the things that will come out of this that are really exciting. It’s the community development, the experiences, the businesses that will grow out. That’s the phase that’s starting now.”
The idea for the Riverwalk was conceived of by residents and city officials in 2000 as part of a downtown revitalization plan that included the idea to build a walking and biking trail that runs the length of Brewer’s waterfront. Prior to the trail, the city completed a $4 million shore stabilization project to prevent erosion.
A comprehensive plan for the Brewer Waterfront was drafted in 2005, which included plans for the Riverwalk. The first part of the Riverwalk was completed in 2013, stretching from the south side of the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge to Hardy Street.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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