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Bradenton Riverwalk

Kimley-Horn was selected by the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority to prepare both a master plan and construction documents for the Bradenton Riverwalk in Bradenton, Florida.

In partnership with the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, Kimley-Horn prepared both a master plan and construction documents for the 1.25-mile-long Bradenton Riverwalk along the Manatee River in Downtown Bradenton.

Original Design

Opened to the public in October 2012, the Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone with a splash fountain and playgrounds, a lawn for picnics, a day dock for boaters, a skate park, a botanical walk, and the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. There’s also a fishing pier for catching fish like snook, redfish, and trout.

Kimley-Horn provided a number of services, including public engagement, programming/master planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, permitting, public art coordination, and construction phase services. The team facilitated an extensive public involvement program to identify opportunities for enhancement to the existing Riverwalk as well as features that would attract users to the waterfront on a regular basis. We also collaborated with University of South Florida (USF) Architectural Graduate students as part of a summer design studio.

Kimley-Horn coordinated closely with the City of Bradenton, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to obtain over $1 million in grant money.

Eastward Extension

In August 2017, the Bradenton City Council unanimously approved plans for the eastward expansion of the popular Bradenton Riverwalk. Currently, the park connects with the downtown area by the city marina and South Florida Museum, follows a boardwalk beneath the Green Bridge, and extends to the Manatee Memorial Hospital. Kimley-Horn will develop a master plan to extend the Riverwalk about one mile east to 14th Street East and Manatee Mineral Springs Park (also known as Indian Springs Park). Once the master plan is complete, the team will proceed with the preparation of construction documents.

In partnership with Realize Bradenton, a group that promotes the City’s downtown area, Kimley-Horn will conduct surveys and public forums to gather ideas of the amenities residents, merchants, and other stakeholders would like to see included as part of the extension. Possible features include additional public art, playground and fitness equipment, special streetscape enhancements, and landscaping and designated areas for events and social activities.

  • Splash pad/interactive water feature
  • Playground areas for 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 year olds
  • Restroom, pumphouse, and concession area
  • Day dock
  • Fishing pier
  • Three event lawns
  • Botanical walk
  • Beach volleyball
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Custom skatepark
  • Enhanced lighting
  • Shade throughout utilizing fabric canopies, pavilions, and shade trees
  • Seating
  • Enhanced environmental graphics/signage
  • Public art and sculpture
  • Dog-friendly amenities

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it… It’s really first class. Everybody we take on the tour is blown away.

Mayor Wayne Poston
City of Bradenton, Florida