Thursday, October 22, 2015

Montgomery, Alabama: Riverwalk

The Alabama River passes through Montgomery. It looks like the City Fathers (and Mothers) have figured out that people like to go to the waterfront as often as possible. Thus, Riverwalk Park was created.

There are a variety of components to the area. The one pictured here is the Harriott II riverboat. It is in operation from February through October.

Just down the sidewalk from the boat is an Amphitheater, which can hold up to 6,000 people. A splash pad and skate park are in the immediate area.

Nearby is the Union Station train shed. The Montgomery Visitors Center is located in the adjoining building. Apparently the shed, which is used for parking, can be rented out; there's a nice view of the river area. Also in the area is Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits. It's the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The official website for the area has a picture of the sign out front rather than of the stadium, which seems like a missed opportunity.

It all looks pretty good. But it was pretty empty when we visited late on a picture-perfect weekday afternoon, to the point where it was almost a little scary. It seems like a few commercial outlets are needed to get more people in the area on a regular basis.

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