For more than two decades our team has been actively engaged with the City of Beloit and its private sector partner, Beloit 2020 Development Corporation, in the renaissance of Beloit’s Rock River corridor. This partnership has opened the community’s riverfront to public access and achieved an economic revitalization of the adjoining city center neighborhoods and downtown.
Projects have included a community festival site, an adventure playground, a bike path system, an upgraded boat launch, and canoe access. Redevelopment initiatives have included bridge replacements, streetscapes, adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings for new businesses, downtown storefront renovations, Beloit College expansion, and the renovation of the community’s only high school on the river.
Employment, new businesses, and the number of residents have all grown. Funding for the riverfront redevelopment has included City, TIF, foundation, state, and federal dollars.
Among the awards the projects have won are the Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Turtle Island Playground, the Best Public Improvement Renovation Award from the Wisconsin Main Street Association, and the Project of Distinction Award in the public works category from the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.