BREWER — The riverwalk in Brewer is getting an extension.
The project will add 300 feet and is estimated to cost $625,000.
Mason’s Brewing Company owner Chris Morley has been there for five years and he said it’s been a great thing to see.
“The city of Brewer has done such a great job in developing the waterfront that every year we’ve been here, we’ve seen it grow and attract more people,” Morley said.
The new section of the riverfront will begin at Hardy Street and take people around the river down to South Main Street.
“I think the investment, you know, that the city is putting towards the waterfront in some other downtown areas is your going to see the city of Brewer grow over the next couple of years, which is good for everybody,” Morley said,
Mason’s Brewing bartender and server Stephany Gonzalez agreed.
“It’s one of the best sunsets just working here. I get the best view of Bangor, I feel. You can just walk, you can be with friends, you can actually exercise, I think. It’s important for you know people to have that extra space to do whatever they like.” she said.
According to city officials, the extension will be completed in the spring of 2023.
Brewer Economic Development Specialist Renee Doble said a majority of the money is coming from leftover federal funding the state had, and $230,000 is coming from taxpayer dollars. Doble has been involved in the last two phases of the riverwalk and said she can’t wait until the pandemic is over.
“Hopefully after all the coronavirus is over we’ll do a river walk festival. When we first opened the extension that’s over by Center Street in 2019, we had vendors and food trucks,” Doble said.
The new path will be made of asphalt. It will be 10 feet wide, with grass on both sides, great to walk or bike, according to Travis Wofel, the riverwalk’s designer.