Town Square Elements

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Library Plaza

PURPOSE:

The Library Plaza is a key component of the town square. 

Central Entry Point

  • Sets the tone and feel of what’s to come. This functional entrance serves as a landing point for guests to establish their arrival, organize their plan, and embark on an adventure. 

Library’s Front Porch/Patio

  • A tree-lined gathering place for Library sponsored outdoor play, learning activities, and community programs.

Community Table

  • The centerpiece table with seating for 12-16 guests. Used for conversation, activities, and meals. 

Flexible Space

  • When closed to traffic, the curb-less street is transformed into a pedestrian mall and gathering place. Guests of all abilities can easily move from this space to the Community Plaza without physical barriers.  

  • A pedestrian-oriented public space that can be quickly turned into a foodwalk zone for off-street access to food trucks and vendors. 

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Community Plaza

PURPOSE:

The Community Plaza serves as the main year-round gathering place. . 

A Casual Gathering Place

  • Multiple “rooms” offer a variety of seating options. Picnic tables on the paved plaza, tiered seating encircling the main plaza, and natural stone blocks nestled under trees entice visitors of all ages to linger and enjoy.

Festive Gathering Place

  • Multi-purpose area ideal for showcasing vendors, exhibit booths, food trucks, and pop-up farmers’ markets.

  • Overlooking the performance stage, this area can accommodate audiences of 200 or more.

Plaza Shelter

  • Open-air, part shade structure offers an escape from the sun while creating space for picnics, gatherings, and socially-distanced meetings.

Interactive Water Feature

  • A lighted water feature offering a fun and engaging place for children to find relief from the heat. Interactive water jets “dance” in an ever-changing rhythm of spraying water.

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Performance Plaza

PURPOSE:

The Performance Plaza provides a public, outdoor entertainment stage and lush green spaces that attract guests to come, stay, and enjoy. 

Performance Stage

  • Open air, elevated platform accommodates a solo musician up to
    a multiple-piece band.

  • Removable awning offers shade and defines performance space.

Performance Lawn

  • Accommodates audiences of 250 people or more.

  • An expansive green space providing plenty of room for lawn games, kids to run and play, outdoor workouts, picnics, and peaceful relaxation.

  • Skirted by a naturalized backdrop to complement the bridge wall. 

  • Balcony overlook providing passersby a sneak peak at performances. Also, a perfect perch for people watching. 

  • Gradual sloped walkways wrapping around the grassy bowl. The 5% grade offers easy movement from street to river’s edge.

  • The Main Street staircase, a secondary entrance inviting pedestrians into the town square activity spaces.

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Rock River Dock & Riverfront

PURPOSE:

The Rock River Dock & Riverfront provide a safe dock and gangway for river paddlers and offer an opportunity for people to enjoy scenic views of the Rock River from anywhere in the town square.

River’s Edge

  • Improved sea wall and water management system to help protect
    and preserve the Rock River.

  • Restored and planted edges rimmed with seating blocks oriented towards views of the Rock River. 

  • Wide paved walkways bordered by railings for public safety.

Floating Dock

  • ADA compliant gangway and floating launch/dock provide safe, easy, and stable access for kayaks, paddle-boarders, and canoes. 

  • Opportunity to dock a boat, engage in town square festivities, shop at downtown merchants, and eat at local restaurants.

Rock River Fishing

  • A designated area for fishing from the River Walkway.