Riverwalk Commons & Nibco Water & Ice Park

Elkhart, Indiana

The City of Elkhart commissioned JPR and Leedy Cripe Architects to design the extension of Riverwalk Commons. This river walk trail park system is located in Downtown Elkhart, along the eastern bank of the Elkhart River.

The Master Plan design process included steering committee meetings, public input meetings and team meetings. These meetings assisted in determining the needs for civic functions such as the annual jazz festival, environmental mitigation needs, adjacent development parcel possibilities, and pedestrian connections to the existing bike path system as well as to the downtown businesses. The project included a pedestrian underpass structure, river edge treatments, pedestrian overlooks, retaining walls, landscaping, water features, custom railing, and a new lighting system. The project also provided connections to the award winning Nibco Water and Ice Park which was led by JPR.

This park, designed by JPR in conjunction with Leedy Cripe Architects, was the first of its kind in the nation due to its 14 foot wide meandering ice skating path. It contains three buildings including a concession stand, warming room, skate rentals and an equipment room containing the refrigeration system. This unique facility doubles as a splash pad and small event venue creating a unique destination location. There are approximately eight miles of refrigerant piping within the concrete that allows for the creation of ice.

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