Bradenton doing minor touch-ups to Riverwalk

mvalverde@bradenton.comNovember 13, 2012 

BRADENTON -- Now that the Riverwalk grand opening has passed and several events have been celebrated there, city officials are going over a "punch list" of need minor improvements and additions to the park based on public usage.

The list includes electrical items, checking the quality of the sod at the main pavillion area, adding a backflow prevention device, and some painting at the dock by the Green Bridge.

The items are being reviewed to "make sure we get every nickel that we paid for," David Gustafson, executive director of Bradenton's Downtown Development Authority, said Tuesday at a board meeting.

Officials from different city groups and departments are meeting each week to discuss the scheduled events and overall functions of the Riverwalk, Gustafson said.

"This is not unusual," said Claude Tankersley, Bradenton's public works director, about the touch-ups. "Every single construction project you have, you always have a list at the end of things that need to be taken care of."

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission kiosk will also be added to by the day dock to provide information about boating safety, Gustafson said. The city is also planning to meet with a group that represents skateboarders to make sure skaters are taking ownership of the new skate park, to make sure users know about safety and to hear from them about any needed improvements, Gustafson added.

The newly renovated $6.2 million Riverwalk also features a splash park and playgrounds, a fishing pier and the Mosaic Amphitheater.

The Riverwalk spans for 1.5 miles along the Manatee River, from the Green Bridge to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

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