Downtown Revitalization Initiative: Riverwalk Illumination Project Under Way

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City of Jamestown

Mayor Sam Teresi today announced that the first phase of the Riverwalk Illumination Project has been installed just in time for this weekend’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Downtown Jamestown. Residents and visitors will be treated to a sneak peek of the lighting of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Coal Silo. Colored light and simple geographic designs will illuminate the silo over the duration of the festival with a more refined illumination and design to be completed over the next several weeks.

The Riverwalk Illumination Project is one component of the Enhance the Riverwalk Experience program as part of the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant to the City of Jamestown. The program was selected for funding in the amount of $325,000 and is administered through New York State Department of State.

The Riverwalk Illumination Project will use light to create a unique and vibrant riverfront attraction in Downtown Jamestown that will improve visual aesthetics along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, enhance the pedestrian experience at night, compliment the National Comedy Center and Downtown Central Business District, and activate the waterfront as an evening destination. Other priorities for this project will be to light the piers on the Washington Street Bridge as well as the façade of the Main Street Bridge. Final design for the lighting of the bridges is expected to be completed later this year, with a spring 2020 installation.

For more detailed information about this and other DRI projects, contact Crystal Surdyk, Principal Planner, Department of Development at 716.483.7659 or surdyk@cityofjamestownny.com.