An important component of this process will be to engage members of the South Bend community to obtain input on desired future outcomes. There will be a series of four community meetings to discuss our Riverfront Parks & Trails and to gather input from the public.
First Community Forum for Riverfront Parks and Trails
The first community forum was held Thursday, September 8, and had nearly 200 participants sharing thoughts about what they like and what they might change as well as what is missing from the riverfront parks and trails. The meeting began with a presentation that gave an overview of how riverfronts can be transformed to benefit the community followed by looking at our process. Following the presentation, attendees were asked to visit a series of stations and provide input about the current condition and future needs of the parks and trails.
If you were unable to attend the first meeting, you may view the PowerPoint presentation.
Second Community Forum for Riverfront Parks and Trails
The second community forum was held on Wednesday, November 2. This forum summarized the feedback and target opportunities identified by the community to date. A brief presentation followed by a break-out sessions allowed input on site-specific concepts for the focus areas like Seitz Park, Howard Park, and the trail areas around the dam. This discussion was the basis for a new riverfront parks vision and development of broad design ideas for the entire study area.
If you were unable to attend the second meeting, you may view the PowerPoint presentation.
Third Community Forum for Riverfront Parks & Trails
The third community forum was held on Thursday, March 2. This forum highlighted the evolving plans based upon the previous community feedback and the opportunities identified throughout this project. This public meeting presented broad design ideas for the entire study area and more detailed concepts for the prime focus areas.
If you were unable to attend the third meeting, you may view a recording of the presentation and the PowerPoint presentation.
Fourth Community Forum for Riverfront Parks & Trails
The forth community forum was held on Tuesday, June 27th. This was a public presentation to the South Bend Board of Park Commissioners with public commentary received afterwards. This presentation covered the material previously revealed, a process overview and some new material on design standards for improvements and trail advancements.
If you were unable to attend the fourth meeting, you may view the PowerPoint presentation (in .pdf file format).
Check back for additional information, which will be shared here as the process continues to move forward.