Could Riverwalk Be Connected To Public Square?

Could Riverwalk Be Connected To Public Square?

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So close, yet so far. Watertown's scenic Veterans Memorial Riverwalk is just down from Public Square, but they're not connected.

"It would be nice to get right to it instead of going all around and everything. It's hard to walk around all that other stuff," said Marley Powell, Public Square pedestrian.

That other stuff includes parking lots, weeds, hills and walls separating Public Square from the Black River. City planners envision a convenient walkway for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"We're looking at ways to better connect downtown and the riverfront," said Mike Lumbis, city planner.

One of the obstacles between Public Square and the Black River is the Black River Parkway.

"It's difficult to cross the road because of all the cars. I've seen people get hit, actually," said Duane Elliot, on Public Square.

There's a wall on the other side. A single stairway is the only way down. City planners will be looking for a solution.

"Do you do some kind of at-grade crossing. Do you above it, do you go below it, there's a number of different possible scenarios that could be worked out," said Lumbis.

Worked out with help from a consultant. Then the project might be paid for with some of that $10 million Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday for downtown projects.

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