NEBRASKA CITY – The Community Prosperity Initiative’s TART committee organized a meeting Friday regarding riverfront development in Nebraska City.
Kim Wilson and Emily Anderson, who are leading a leading a 15-week landscape design and architecture class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, asked the 20 attending about citizens’ connection to the Missouri River through trails, parks and cultural history.
Holly Olson of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is chairing the Tourism, Arts, Recreation and Trails committee.
Olson: “In some early community meetings, riverfront development has just always risen to the top with a lot of interest for the community. Looking at that, but also we have this great opportunity to work with UN-L students again so it has just fallen into place to bring it as a priority for the group.”
Wilson said there are isolated assets along the river that need to be reasonably connected. She called for a development plan that both reasonable and visionary.
Bill Mesner, president of the newly formed Friends of Riverview Nature Park, said a nature trail is proposed for the city park. Additional RV camping is also proposed for Riverview Marina.
Doug Freidli of the Prosperity Initiative noted that six separate riverboat cruises this summer were sold out.
Connections to Central Avenue, the Lewis and Clark Center, Steamboat Trace and the city’s internal trail system were discussed, as well as the potential for riverfront housing.