Public Shares Ideas on Improving Manchester’s Riverfront/Downtown

The public gave ideas Tuesday night on how to improve Manchester’s downtown/riverfront area.

The City has been working with a landscape architecture firm out of Cedar Rapids called Confluence to come up with a design. And architect Brenda Nelson says one of the first steps is finding out what local residents would like to see happen. Around thirty people showed up for the public input meeting at the Community Center, sharing their opinions through three activities.

There were tons of ideas… a downtown hotel… outdoor dining along the Whitewater Park… even condos along the south side of the river. Lining the downtown streets with trees and benches were also popular ideas, along with arched gateway signs displaying the town’s name.

Manchester’s new Chamber Director Jessica Pape says the participants at her table came up with some great ideas.

Manchester resident Jim Schaul says his group also came up with some good suggestions.

Manchester City Council member Dean Sherman appreciates everyone who came out to share their ideas.

Confluence will now compile the public input and come back with a rough draft of the design.

The City hopes to start the projects next spring. You can still share your ideas for Manchester’s downtown/riverfront area by contacting Manchester City Hall.

(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)