Section of Chicago Riverwalk opens

June 19, 2009 3:34:25 PM PDT
The first section of Chicago's new Riverwalk opened on Friday.The grand opening was celebrated with an unusual ritual. Dozens of small fish were released into the river near Michigan Avenue. This represents the cleanup of the river. It now is home to 70 species of fish.

It also marks the completion of a new Riverwalk from Michigan Avenue to Wabash which houses several outdoor restaurants and bars.

A walking path has also been extended that leads to Lake Michigan.

"The river has played an integral part in the city's past, and the Riverwalk will play a vital role in the city's future. It will be a place of recreation and reflection, a place where office workers and families can relax and a great place to get a bite to eat," said Thomas Byrne, Chicago Transportation Dept. Commissioner.

Work is now underway to extend the Riverwalk to State Street.


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