The Riverfront Plan
While the city grew up along its river, in recent decades the river has become less a part of Danville’s identity and community. The downtown and city has grown more disconnected from the riverfront physically and visually. We are now presented with an opportunity to connect the city back to its roots and the banks of the Vermilion River, as well as connecting Danville to the greater region.
The vision for this project will contribute to an improved quality of life for the city’s residents while acting as a catalyst for further investment in the adjacent downtown area. This project will provide increased recreational amenities for the community, be a driver for tourism, provide health and wellness benefits, and present additional environmental education opportunities.
Working with the University of Illinois
The design and conceptual plan are in the process of being developed through a partnership with the University of Illinois Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Departments. An exhibition was held on December 9th to present design concepts to the public.
City of Danville
Christopher Milliken, Planning Manager
University of Illinois
Robert Olshansky FAICP, Professor and Head of Urban and Regional Planning
Sara Bartumeus Ferre, Associate Professor Architecture
Amita Sinha, Professor Landscape Architecture