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City has plans to fix Southbank Riverwalk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a city that puts an emphasis on downtown development, there is one area that is falling apart: The Southbank Riverwalk.

Parts of it have been closed for more than a month. People who use it are waiting for repairs to begin. There are areas where the wood is visibly damaged.

The city said it has a plan and the money to fix the area. Construction is scheduled to start this summer.

Ryshawn Woolbright has been enjoying the Riverwalk since he was a young child. 

"A lot of people came down here, but it looks dangerous now," he said.

With parts of the walk wrapped in yellow caution tape, some are more than ready for the construction to begin. According to the city, there is $15 million set aside to re-do the Riverwalk.

The initial plan is to replace all of the wood with concrete, creating a long-term fix. The goal is to have more access points to the river and surrounding areas. 

Still, the way things are now doesn't bother everyone.

"To be honest with you I haven't really paid a lot of attention to it because I just come sit out and eat lunch," Cookie Ashley said.

The City said the Parks Department is closing watching this area for safety. There is an employee assigned to keep an eye on the area.


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