Lynchburg Riverfront Park

Lynchburg, VA
(2006 - 2015)

NBW was selected by the City of Lynchburg to develop an Implementation Plan for the revitalization of the Downtown Riverfront in 2006. NBW assessed the existing conditions in relation to the proposed master plan for the entire downtown area (by Sasaki Associates in 2002). This four-month effort culminated in a plan that identifies and prioritizes a series of achievable projects between Commerce Street and the riverfront. Included in the plan are an 8-acre Riverfront Park and the renewal of nearby urban streets with multiple spaces for recreation, interpretive facilities, and gathering. It includes a re-imagined mixed-use pedestrian corridor, restored streets, and public ways with dedicated outdoor café spaces, play areas, a large canal basin, fountains, and an events plaza. The design process involved several meetings with city and private stakeholders and was endorsed by City Council in 2006.

Specific projects were identified within the Implementation Plan and a phasing plan was developed. The first Riverfront Park project, Jefferson Street North, was opened to the public in June 2010. NBW is working on the construction documents for a second phase of the project, Jefferson Street South, that will complete the streetscape adjacent to Riverfront Park. The Lower Bluff Walk Corridor is also in the construction document phase. This pedestrian arts and dining corridor will connect Main Street and the Riverfront.

Collaborators: Kennon Williams Landscape Studio, Hydrodramatics, Gilmore Lighting, Greening Urban, LLC