Riverfront Authority Receives Master Plan for Topeka Development

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A master plan for what people might see one day along Topeka's riverfront is in the hands of the Topeka-Shawnee County Riverfront Authority.

The Sasaki team delivered the draft at the authority's Monday meeting.

The plan carries a preliminary cost estimate of $56.6 million. That includes building a weir in the river, development on the north and south banks, trails around the levy, a boardwalk on top of the levee and docks for a ferry.

Kansas Wildlife and Parks Secretary Mike Hayden, a member of the authority, says the plan focuses on the downtown area, even though the corridor runs from Urish on the west side of Topeka to Seward on the east.

The authority will make changes to the draft then present recommendations to the Shawnee County Commission and Topeka City Council. Those groups will decide what improvements to pursue.

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