Revitalizing the riverfront: recreation spaces that connect the Toledo community.
At the heart of Toledo, the new Glass City Riverwalk transforms the Maumee waterfront into a thriving social hub and fosters a sense of connection between the beauty of the natural riverscape, magnet destinations, cultural institutions, adjacent downtown districts, and the greater community. Through careful planning, design excellence, and community collaboration, the project aims to create a lasting legacy that celebrates Toledo’s unique identity and reinvigorates the city’s relationship with its waterfront for years to come.
EDGE of the ecosystem
In partnership with WXY, has transformed 53 underutilized acres of open fields, mature woodlands, and scenic meadows along the riverscape as a segment of the Glass City Riverwalk development. This urban metropark provides equitable access to engaging recreational elements, including:
- A scenic promenade overlooks the river and connects to adjacent pathways and the larger trail network. Steps to the water connect the promenade directly to the river, and a serpentine bridge connects to the historic MLK Bridge.
- A large multifunctional lawn provides space for play and public gatherings, and can be used for community gatherings such as outdoor movie nights. The oval lawn lies at the center of concentric pathways, drawing people through the space.
- Amphitheater seating provides space for formal and informal performances, and small or large group gatherings.
- A waterfall fountain, play pool and serpentine stream create lively water play and lounging areas, and feature asymmetrical step elements for sitting or climbing. Slides built into the landscape add an additional play element. These enriching features provide explorative growth opportunities for children and adults of all ages to discover and engage with.
- Groves provide tree cover and offer a natural respite, and include a man-made hammocking area where patrons can lounge and unwind.
- Nautical amenities include boating ramps and piers, a small lighthouse, kayak storage and launching dock.
- Great consideration to an aesthetic runoff solution resulted in a rustic pond and reactivation of a wetland that act as both beautification features and a natural water retention system. A suspended pathway through the wetland creates a point to observe and learn about the marsh ecosystem.
- Additional amenities include a diverse range of seating elements, and comfort stations.
Connecting humanity, nature, and history
Spanning both sides of the Maumee River from the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway to the Anthony Wayne Bridge, the Glass City Riverwalk in its entirety is comprised of 300 acres of new and revitalized riverfront greenspace. Over five miles of multi-use trails connect various neighborhoods and downtown districts including East Toledo, the Vistula neighborhood, and the Warehouse and Central districts. This network of pathways provides convenient access to the riverfront and promotes community connection and engagement.
The Glass City Riverwalk is much more than just a pedestrian route along the river’s edge. It is a series of spaces where residents and visitors can come together to enjoy a range of recreational activities, creating lifelong connections to nature and to each other. With features such as waterfront access for boating and kayaking, a rock-climbing area, interactive water attractions, urban camping, and even winter skating, the riverwalk will offer year-round opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure.
Beyond recreation and entertainment, the riverwalk aims to showcase and celebrate the rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty of Toledo. Interpretive signage, public art installations, and landscape design elements are being strategically incorporated into the riverwalk, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of the city while enjoying its scenic vistas. By incorporating sustainable design practices, the project will foster environmental stewardship, protecting and enhancing the natural ecosystem.
Driving the growth of Toledo
The economic impact of the Glass City Riverwalk cannot be overstated. Revitalizing the waterfront, creating inviting public spaces, and connecting key districts will stimulate economic. This investment in public spaces will increase property values, attract new businesses, and contribute to the overall economic prosperity of the region. A catalyst for further waterfront development, the riverwalk will draw in tourists and reinforce Toledo as a desirable place to live, work, and visit. The goal is not just to create a physical space but to create a deeper sense of pride and ownership among the residents of Toledo.