SPRINGFIELD Last week's Riverwalk event staged by a group of citizens who wish to put the spotlight on what they feel is an under-used feature of the downtown areas drew both walkers and cyclists to the 3.7 mile paved path along the Connecticut River.
Sheila McElwaine, one of the organizers, thanked Health New England (HNE) for sponsoring an event on Friday that served as a debut for a new brochure and map of the Riverwalk underwritten by HNE, which she said would be widely distributed throughout the city.
McElwaine said there are still important concerns beyond attracting people to the Riverwalk that need to be addressed. Adequate signage for the Riverwalk is important as it determines where to park to access the area. She said that parking is allowed in the Basketball Hall of Fame parking lot and at the Visitors Center all through the week and on weekends the municipal lot near the entrance of Riverfront Park is also available.
Disabled access is the Riverwalk is an ongoing issue she noted. The bridge behind LA Fitness has an elevator that does not work. The only other option is to park closer to the Riverfront Park entrance.
This reporter walked part of the path last week starting at the bridge behind LA Fitness. The bridge has an observation deck that affords a great view of the downtown skyline.
The following photos show what I saw when I walked part of the Riverwalk.