Northbank Riverwalk Artist Square (Art’s Market) Park History Continued:
That’s when local history advocate and Riverside Avondale Preservation co-founder Wayne Wood sensed an opportunity. Inspired by Portland Farmers Market in Oregon, Wood led RAP’s efforts to lobby FDOT to allow for an open-air market along the river. Their efforts were successful, with the new Fuller Warren Bridge opening in the early 2000s utilizing land further north for a retention pond instead of the riverfront site. The city then extended the existing Northbank Riverwalk out toward the property, setting the stage for the market’s development. The effort of many created a notably successful public-private partnership, along with numerous other sponsors that made this Park a reality.