Plans are in place to build a river walk in downtown Monroe - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

Plans are in place to build a river walk in downtown Monroe

Posted: Updated:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Plans are in place to transform Monroe's downtown Rivermarket into a river walk that would allow you to walk or ride your bike a lot further along the river. Several downtown organizations are working together to create a metropolitan environment with amenities that other big cities have. Our Nolan crane spoke with the directors who say the project isn't cheap, but it is possible.

This river walk project is pretty expensive. it's going to cost about $3.5 million and one of the main reasons is because the ground, they're going to raise it about three feet, so when you look over the wall, you'll be able to see the river, the boats and everything else to create a more scenic view.

"If you want to ride a bike or if you want to walk you know that you can come to downtown, park in one particular place and you could take off and you could start hitting particular businesses, whether it's a restaurant or whether it be some type of retail stores," said Larry Bratton.

A lot of the area near the warehouse restaurant where the first phase of the river walk will be built is vacant property. If the project gets funded the grass and weeds near the parking lots could become prime real estate.

"It will allow for businesses to be open on the river side as well," said Myra Gatling-Akers.

Before doors open or any construction begins these power lines have to be moved so people's view isn't blocked.

"There are a lot of obstacles, we're not done yet but we've got the application in. We've got the footwork started, we've got some drawings, still a whole lot more work to do," said Brad Halloway.

"Everybody involved in downtown Monroe say it would be a big blessing if and when the city is able to get $3.5 million to build the river walk and they say there's other cities like Shreveport or San Antonio, Texas that they have seen and they want to try to have that same feeling right here in Monroe.

The president of the Ouachita Riverfront Development Commission says every year Louisiana lawmakers have to spend $300 million a year on capital outlay projects. If they get the money construction will begin in about two years. A team of engineers just finished a $65,000 study to make sure the project is possible and they say it is.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 28 Monroe area businesses cited for selling to minors

    28 Monroe area businesses cited for selling to minors

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:51:09 GMT
    Baton Rouge, La. (KNOE 8 News ATC) - Agents with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control recently conducted compliance checks at 173 businesses in the Monroe and West Monroe areas. During those compliance checks, 28 of the businesses, which consist of area restaurants, bars and convenience stores, were caught selling alcohol and tobacco products to minors.
    Baton Rouge, La. (KNOE 8 News ATC) - Agents with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control recently conducted compliance checks at 173 businesses in the Monroe and West Monroe areas. During those compliance checks, 28 of the businesses, which consist of area restaurants, bars and convenience stores, were caught selling alcohol and tobacco products to minors.
  • Union Parish School District employees get a raise

    Union Parish School District employees get a raise

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:17:56 GMT
    FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's Christmas in July for the Union Parish School Board employees. At this month's school board meeting, the board voted to give every employee a raise. 
    FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's Christmas in July for the Union Parish School Board employees. At this month's school board meeting, the board voted to give every employee a raise. 
  • Two arrests, officer tazed at Watermelon Festival

    Two arrests, officer tazed at Watermelon Festival

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:41:59 GMT
    FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Union Parish sheriff’s deputies made at least two arrests over the Watermelon Festival weekend, one that involved a deputy getting tazed.
    FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Union Parish sheriff’s deputies made at least two arrests over the Watermelon Festival weekend, one that involved a deputy getting tazed.
  • West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:09:38 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
  • Union Sheriff: Man was attempting to hire hit man to kill family members

    Union Sheriff: Man was attempting to hire hit man to kill family members

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:58 GMT
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Ouachita Parish resident was arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies and investigators over the weekend accused of solicitation of murder.
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Ouachita Parish resident was arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies and investigators over the weekend accused of solicitation of murder.
  • 17 hurt after multi-vehicle Madison Parish wreck

    17 hurt after multi-vehicle Madison Parish wreck

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:16:12 GMT
    DELTA, La. (AP) - A multiple-vehicle accident on the Mississippi River bridge connecting Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Warren County, Mississippi, has sent 17 people to a hospital, most with minor injuries.
    DELTA, La. (AP) - A multiple-vehicle accident on the Mississippi River bridge connecting Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Warren County, Mississippi, has sent 17 people to a hospital, most with minor injuries.
  • A Kansas man charged in the death of a 10-month-old foster child

    A Kansas man charged in the death of a 10-month-old foster child

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:32:06 GMT
     A Kansas man charged in the death of a 10-month-old foster child is expected to appear in court today (tuesday).
     A Kansas man charged in the death of a 10-month-old foster child is expected to appear in court today (tuesday).

  • Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:40:24 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.