Thursday evening, Peorian’s gathered to brainstorm ideas for the future of the Peoria riverfront.
More than three dozen people taking maps of the riverfront and working together to build a vision.
“I just kinda wanna follow through with the process to make sure the space is not just a dog park,” said Paris McConnell.
Different ages and backgrounds all came together to find a common ground to a common ground/
“I notice there’s a nice age range of people so you kind’ve get the old and the new and we just need to bridge that together,” added McConnell.
Millennials say their voice in this project is vital to the area’s success.
“I know what works for us young people,” said Princia Boungou. “That’s why I’m trying to get them to see what we like and what we dont want.”
Overall, Peorians believe a revamp is needed, and a change will benefit the river city.
“I think it would be a great economic booster,” said Peoria resident Bruce Brown. “It would bring other people here. You can go look at other large communities like Des Moines or Louisville that have done riverfront developments and see the people that it brings.”
Peorian’s say most of all, its important to keep the public’s input at the forefront of the project.
“Everybody should have a voice in this for the designers to make good decisions,” added Brown.