Janesville officially reopens River Street as its new “festival street”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Janesville officially reopens River Street as its new “festival street”

EXCERPTS FROM GAZETTEXTRA.COM: Janesville celebrates the official opening of its festival street, a two-block reconstructed stretch of River Street that abuts the ARISE Town Square on Friday October 26.

The city has referred to the two blocks as its festival street, but it will remain known as River Street. It connects Milwaukee and Court streets, and it features angled parking spaces and electrical outlets. 

It will be open to vehicle traffic when not being used for events. Otherwise, removable poles known as bollards can block it off and make it accessible to pedestrians only, City management information specialist Molly Nolte said.

The street is designed for community events that cater to foot traffic. A new pavilion in the adjacent town square would make the area conducive to live music and other performances.

“This is kind of celebrating the west-side town square completion,” Nolte said. “The ribbon-cutting for the pavilion and water feature was privately funded with Forward Janesville and ARISEnow. This is much more about what the City has been able to accomplish with the west-side town square.”

(Photo by Jim Dayton gazettextra.com)
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