Final section of Chicago Riverwalk opens Saturday

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The final section of the Chicago Riverwalk opens to the public Saturday.

It completes the 1.25 mile pedestrian and bike path that starts at Lake Michigan.

The city is celebrating the finished project with a day of family fun from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. The celebration features music, face painting, balloon artists and festive Halloween processions.

The final section includes a water plaza along the river's edge and a jetty... with floating gardens.

The Water Plaza: A water feature for children and families to engage with water at the river's edge. (From LaSalle to Wells.)

The Jetty: A series of piers and floating wetland gardens with interactive learning about the ecology of the river, including opportunities for fishing and identifying native plants. (From Wells to Franklin.)

The Riverbank: An accessible walkway and new marine edge creates access to Lake Street and features a public lawn at the confluence. It provides an accessible route from lower to upper Wacker and Lake Street. The City is continuing to explore possibilities for how the room can be developed. (From Franklin to Lake.)

This section of the riverwalk was designed by a team of architects including Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects and constructed by Alfred Benesch & Co. Engineers and Walsh Construction.

Executive Director for Friends of the Chicago River Margaret Frisbie joined ABC7 to talk about the Riverwalk.

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