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From EU Jacksonville: New Public Art and BARGE Event Series Will Help Activate Downtown.

The new Southbank Riverwalk can also host water taxi stops, making it even easier to get out and enjoy Downtown. Other highlights include nighttime colored lighting for accents and pedestrian safety, multiple large gathering areas for events and celebrations, several areas for future outdoor artwork, and accent lighting along the riverside wall under the Main Street Bridge.

“The distinctive new look of our Southbank Riverwalk will quickly make it an iconic Jacksonville landmark,” said At-Large Councilman John Crescimbeni.  “And the more durable surface, which should require considerably less maintenance, will result in a tremendous savings to taxpayers!”

“It is especially gratifying to participate in such a landmark project for the city.  The unique nautical nature of the over-water experience is unlike any other walk in Jacksonville,” said Will Inman, Haskell Project Manager. “The Southbank is now the inviting, safe place for upland pedestrians and the boating public to enjoy the mighty St. Johns,” Inman said.  “On behalf of 900 colleagues at Haskell and the many design and contracting professionals that made this happen, we appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership with the both the city and the stakeholders along the Southbank to create this place where families can stroll, workers can unwind and the river can be truly appreciated.”

The Peninsula will be undergoing repairs to the exterior of its building in early March. This is not a city project or related to the construction of the Southbank Riverwalk.  In an abundance of caution, the Peninsula will be erecting protective scaffolding around a section of Riverwalk in the vicinity of the Peninsula repairs to allow uninterrupted access to the Riverwalk while these repairs take place.

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