Projects Landscape Architecture & Planning

Waterfall Drive Riverwalk Extension

Elkhart, Indiana

DLZ was selected by Elkhart Board of Public Works to provide engineering and design services, topographic survey, regulatory permitting, bid phase assistance and construction administration for the Waterfall Drive Riverwalk Extension project.

The Project was initiated to study aesthetic treatment and restoration of nearly 400 lineal feet of degraded riverbank along Waterfall Drive from High Street to Elkhart Avenue. DLZ’s Landscape Architecture Group developed conceptual-level alternatives for extending an existing segment of Riverwalk to provide improved pedestrian circulation and accessibility compliance, thereby allowing all citizens to experience and enjoy the Elkhart River as one of City’s prime amenities.

The design phase of the Project included capped sheet walls, sloped concrete walkway, decorative guardrails and handrails, riverbank stabilization, new storm sewer and water main along Waterfall Drive, and streetscape enhancements consisting of new curb and sidewalk, decorative street lighting, landscape plantings and irrigation. The Project also included coordination with a former manufactured gas plant that has an environmental restrictive covenant over the project area as part of IDEM’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) Tier II Non-residential land use criteria.