A project that aims to reconnect Terre Haute’s downtown with the Wabash River through public art and design is ready to launch. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the Turn to the River project will involve several phases, the first of which will add a sculpture and celebration area between the city hall and the courthouse.
Organizers say the project has been in the works for nearly a decade.
“The area here between the courthouse and city hall will be the first step in this improvement,” says Mayor Duke Bennett. “An art sculpture things that will change the dynamic of this government campus and make it a destination and a place where people might want to come.”
According to WTHI-TV, Greg Goode of the Wabash River Regional Development Authority says the project has more than $700,000 invested in it.
“We can uplift our community using art and sculpture to enhance our quality of place which we think will help attract attention to our community and help build the population,” says Goode. “We are in a very strong place to attract people from Illinois to not only visit Terre Haute and spend money in Terre Haute we hope they will relocate and come and work in Indiana and in our community.”
WTHI-TV reports the city will work on the heavily-trafficked area between city hall and the courthouse first.