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Viewfinder: Riverwalk Grand Opening Photo Gallery

The long-awaited grand opening of Bradenton's Riverwalk took place on Thursday.

Bradenton's $6.2 million Riverwalk project reached fruition on Thursday with a grand opening that drew thousands.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m. while families enjoyed the water park, playgrounds, skate park, outdoor volleyball courts, live music and more. 

Check out the exclusive Bradenton Patch photo gallery. Have photos of your own? Add them to our gallery!

Tony T October 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
There seem to a lacks in the enforcement of Riverwalk rules and regulations. First the users of the skate park have no respect for what they have and have already began to abuse the facility and the landcape around the immediate area. And I cannot count how many skateboarders were on Riverwalk in violation of the R&R's posted at the skate facility. There seems to be very few signs posted as to what the park rules and regulations are.....on my many walks I have seen only one on the west side of the Green Bridge? An example of the lack of enforcement at least 4 times this week and as recently as last night around 9:00 pm there was a group of people fishing form the east side of the Green Bridge underpass within feet of the R&R sign which clearly stated "Fishing From the Fishing Pier Only" and each and every member of this group had an open glass beer bottle again per the sign another violation of the R&R. Unless police patrols stop at a certain hour both of this violations should have been noted by any officer on patrol. Unless you want the new Riverwalk to turn into the "old" Riverwalk rules must be enforced
Ann Cumpston October 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
It's about time! When I was raising my kids there ,all we had was the beach or the mall! It looks really nice!:))
Bruce 'Rudy' Phillips November 17, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Bradenton is NOT a "beach town"! Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Beach, & Holmes Beach ARE "beach towns"!!!
Rudy Jones November 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Bradenton is NOT a beach town!!! Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Beach, & Holmes Beach are beach towns!
Rudy Jones November 17, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I will gather to bet that no more than $1.5m went to the actual skatepark construction costs.

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