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City of Elgin, Riverfront and Festival Park

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Riverfront and Downtown Revitalization | Elgin, Illinois

The City of Elgin embarked on an ambitious plan to rejuvenate its riverfront and revitalize the downtown. A redevelopment strategy that focused on over two miles of the Fox River and their adjacent Center City was identified. The City and Cultural Campus was transformed to provide environmental, recreational, cultural and transportation enhancements to create a regional destination center. Two of the projects identified from the strategy were Festival Park and the Riverfront Promenade which now serve as settings for year-round community celebrations, events and casual recreation. Festival Park features a unique children’s play environment that ties into the park’s festival theme. Riverside Drive Promenade serves as a critical link between vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle access to the waterfront and provides the Downtown with access to major amenities along the Riverfront while serving as a vital connection to the regional Fox River Bike Trail—a 36-mile trail that spans from Oswego to Algonquin.


City of Elgin


Festival Park
Fountain Technologies; Hey & Associates; PHN Architects; Patrick Engineering; TJ Emmerich Associates

Riverside Drive Promenade
Hey & Associates; Hugh Lighting Design; Allen + Pepa Architects; Primera Engineers; Terracon; TJ Emmerich Associates; V3 Companies and Walker Parking Consultants

Hey & Associates

Riverfront Master Plan
City Vision Associates


Festival Park
Outstanding Facility, Illinois Park and Recreation Association, 2007; Main Street Award for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, 2007

Riverside Drive Promenade
Complete Streets Design Award, Active Transportation Alliance

150 Great Places, American Institute of Architects, Illinois; Merit Award Design, Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects

Riverfront Master Plan
2001 Plan of the Year, American Planning Association; Main Street Award for Excellence in Public Improvements; Outstanding Community Redevelopment, Chicago Area Transportation Study Soles and Spokes Awards for Excellence

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