KANKAKEE – A series of presentations revealing the latest designs from Kankakee’s East Riverwalk streams will be released Wednesday as part of a series of meetings.
The in-person public unveiling will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Majestic Banquet Hall, 150 N. Schuyler Ave., in downtown Kankakee.
The public presentation, the latest in a series of presentations on Wednesday, will include discussions from members of the Kankakee Riverfront Society and architectural consulting group, Hitchcock Design Group.
The presentation is associated with the final design phase of the East Riverwalk, which is the planned development of a park-like public space at the southeast corner of South Schuyler Avenue and East River Street, just at north of the Kankakee River.
The ultimate redevelopment of the site is expected to be in the order of $3 million. The Riverfront Society is seeking private contributions to fund the project and other public waterfront developments.
The City of Kankakee acquired the 1 acre parcel in 2020.
A “preferred concept” for the project was presented upon completion of the preliminary design phase in March 2021.
Based on meetings with members of the Riverfront Society, the City of Kankakee, and the Kankakee Valley Park District and public feedback collected at numerous public events, the consulting group came up with the design.
“Based on feedback from community leaders, local organizations and the general public, we know how much this initiative means for our future,” said Staci Wilken, president of the Kankakee Riverfront Society.
“This event is an opportunity to see firsthand what collaborative actions are being taken by KRS, the City of Kankakee and the Kankakee Valley Park District. We are committed to developing the waterfront and it starts with properties of East Riverfront.
The Kankakee Riverfront Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing this plan, which was an initiative of Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong.
The final design of East Riverwalk is funded by a Community Development Block Grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.