The Riverfront Renaissance plan seeks to build on Ottumwa’s rich history, strengths, and unique characteristics to create a blueprint for the revitalization of the community.
A multi-faceted approach was taken to engage a broad spectrum of citizens in sharing their ideas, concerns, hopes and aspirations for the riverfront. This process is grounded in the principles of inclusion and participation, with a public process extended over several months. The work of the design team was guided by a citizen task force and way highlighted by a multi-day public charrette in July of 2014. The work produced by the citizenry during the charrette formed the basis for the development of this plan document and implementation plan. This plan represents a principle-based, consensus vision derived from community input.