I called around tonight and talked to some members of the Morgan County Garden Club. One member, Martha Vaché, said a friend was one of the people involved on the ground floor of the Naperville Riverwalk. I’ll have to get her contact information, see if she has any ideas for us, and get some inspiration! One thing to note is that Naperville is consistently listed as one of the top places to live in the country (they come in at number three this year). The first paragraph of their city summary states:
The popular Riverwalk is a nearly two-mile brick path that follows the DuPage River’s course through town.
Can you imagine having that resource in Jacksonville? A place where a family can safely walk through town. At some future phase maybe even connecting to a safe route to bike out to Lake Jacksonville? (A top fishing spot in the whole state!)
I photographed a wedding last summer in Naperville. And one of the places the bride had to go, to get images that defined the town, was to the Naperville Riverwalk. We might have a smaller body of water with our brook, but it still can be a great place for a walk!