It’s taken years to complete but, the Principal Riverwalk is finally finished.
City leaders, project leaders and donors gathered for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completed project Monday evening.
The riverwalk features pathways, pedestrian bridges, landscaped areas, public art and the new Hub restaurant.
As part of the celebration, leaders announced the first honorees of the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge.
“It’s going to have plaques that’ going to recognize these women of history,” explained Principal Senior Vice President Mary O’Keefe. “We’ve had wonderful women who have made such a difference in history.”
The first four women were announced as the inaugural class of honorees.
Carrie Chapman Catt who fought for women’s rights alongside Susan B. Anthony, Louise Noun who founded a number of women’s groups including The Chrysalis Foundation, Sister Bernadine Pieper who devoted her life to educating the poor and Gertude Rush who was the first African-American woman to practice law in Iowa.
The 1.2-mile trail connects 300 miles of trails across the state.