Friday, October 19, 2012

Bradenton Riverwalk is 'dream' come true

Skateboarders, splashing babies and senior citizens were among the thousands in attendance at the opening of the city's most highly anticipated project in decades.

"Welcome to your Riverwalk," Mayor Wayne Poston told the large, diverse audience gathered in the newly-sodded Pavilion and Event Area. "This public park has been a dream of mine for years."

Poston, who took office in 2000 and is seeking re-election Nov. 6, talked about how during his many years as executive editor of the Bradenton Herald he used to look at the area along the Manatee River formerly known as the Sandpile and envision a public park.

"I can't stop smiling," Poston said with a big grin. "This is such a great thing."

Read more of my front page story.

—Photo of children enjoying the splash fountains Thursday by Wade Tatangelo.

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