Wilmington Riverwalk / Wilmington, NC

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The Details

Adding to Wilmington’s riverfront appeal is the continually expanding “Riverwalk,” a scenic brick and wooden deck walkway along Water Street on the Cape Fear River. Antique lighting, trees and plantings, mini-parks, and overlooks create a downtown amenity not found anywhere else in the City.

Two segments were completed in late 2002 and early 2003, linking Chandler’s Wharf with a mini-park between Dock and Orange streets. A third segment, from the Coast Line Center northward, was completed in spring 2004.

Stewart provided structural engineering services. The structure was designed to address several challenges including: dynamic hydraulic forces, and weather and lateral impact forces from routine vessel docking. The design also included intricate structural connections and the structural incorporation of architectural details.

The prime consultant for this project, W.K. Dickson, won the 2003 NC American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Award. The Wilmington Riverwalk project has become an important pedestrian destination along the Cape Fear River, and an integral part of downtown Wilmington.



City of Wilmington

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Construction Cost

$2.1 Million

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