R. Yoder Construction played a pivotal role in transforming downtown Elkhart as part of the city’s vision to enhance its appeal and attract new residents. The Elkhart Riverwalk project focused on revitalizing the riverfront area, incorporating elements that promote both aesthetics and recreational opportunities.
One of the primary objectives of the project was to stabilize the riverbank. R. Yoder Construction employed a combination of boulders and limestone blocks, meticulously placed along the riverbank, ensuring long-term stability and erosion prevention. This crucial step not only safeguards the natural surroundings but also creates a secure environment for future activities and enhancements.
The project also included the creation of an accessible entry point to the river for kayaks and canoes. This addition promotes recreational water activities, allowing residents and visitors to explore the beauty of the Elkhart River. Enhancing the accessibility of the riverfront contributes to the overall allure and vibrancy of the downtown area.
To provide a captivating space for people to relax and enjoy the river, an upper plaza area was developed. This plaza boasts a striking trellis structure, offering shade and a visually appealing architectural feature. Benches are thoughtfully positioned, allowing individuals to sit and relish the picturesque river view.
The landscaping design incorporates a harmonious blend of native grasses, shrubs, ornamental trees, and perennials. This selection not only enhances the visual appeal but also promotes ecological sustainability by fostering native plant habitats. The carefully curated landscape design ensures that the Riverwalk remains an inviting and eco-friendly oasis in the heart of downtown Elkhart.
Completing the project, R. Yoder Construction incorporated site lighting and furnishings. Thoughtfully positioned lighting fixtures not only provide safety and security but also create an enchanting atmosphere during evening hours. Furnishings, strategically placed throughout the Riverwalk, offer seating options, encouraging visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and embrace the tranquility of the area.
The Elkhart Riverwalk has become a cherished space that reflects the city’s vision of a thriving and attractive destination for residents and visitors alike.