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Beloit powerhouse project to include riverwalk

August 6, 2014

                                              City and College get $1 million grant for riverside project

The City of Beloit and Beloit College have been awarded a $1,009,158 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to fund a Rock River riverwalk extension. The funds, provided as a part of the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), will extend riverside access to the outer walls of the planned redevelopment of Alliant Energy's Blackhawk Generating Station, which the college intends to turn into a waterfront activity and recreation center.

"We are thrilled to get this key piece of funding in place, which will further cement this facility's role as a city and college resource," said Beloit College President Scott Bierman. "This will, in essence, help extend Riverside Park south and offer our community easier access to the river, the park, and downtown Beloit."

Beloit City Manager Larry Arft added, “The City of Beloit appreciates the DOT’s support for an important element of the reutilization project Beloit College is undertaking.”

More information on the TAP program and the Wisconsin awards announced yesterday are available on the Department of Transportation's website: "More than $13 million approved for Transportation Alternatives Program."

For the latest on the college’s Powerhouse project see “Powerhouse Moves to Next Phase” or visit http://www.beloit.edu/fastforward/projects/powerhouse/

Click here for a PDF of the riverwalk design.

Media contact:

Beth Jacobsen, public information officer/City of Beloit

608-364-6726 / jacobsenb@ci.beloit.wi.us

Jason Hughes, director of communications/Beloit College

608-363-2137 / hughesj@beloit.edu