Riverwalk proves to be a popular place

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 25, 2000

With its well-timed debut, the riverfront development project won more than a few fans during the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race weekend.

Hundreds of people lined the riverfront for Friday night’s balloon glow and to watch afternoon balloon races on both Saturday and Sunday.

And even though the project is in only its initial phases — the riverwalk, lighting and paved parking are in place — the development project is proving to be a wise investment that will be well-utilized by the community.

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With ample parking, easy-to-access viewing areas and a relaxed family atmosphere, the riverwalk area proved an ideal complement to the event’s popular festival site and an ideal spot for viewing Saturday afternoon’s competition.

More important, upcoming phases of the $45 million project could prove even more valuable to the community. A planned amphitheater, restrooms, a fountain plaza … even shopping, condominiums and an outpatient surgical hospital will enhance the riverfront property and increase its utilization.

Most important, though, is that people are using the development, even now — a good indicator of its future popularity and potential. The Vidalia riverfront offers an unmatched view of the spectacular Mississippi River and the low, flat land provides ideal spot for development along that river.

We suspect, within the next five years, the Miss-Lou will be bragging about its bustling riverfront development in Vidalia … with good reason.

We believe the landing’s development will complement the legendary Natchez bluffs and Under-the-Hill area and will continue to offer residents, and visitors, more opportunities to enjoy our area.