New Bern, NC Riverfront Open Space


In addition to streetscape design, Allison Platt & Associates designed much of the riverfront walkway, Union Point Park and a series of other small park spaces throughout the downtown. Union Point Park is located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers and provides a panoramic view down the Neuse River toward the Intracoastal Waterway. The seven acre site is the centerpiece of New Bern’s waterfront promenade, and is flanked on one side by a hotel, and by the new Convention Center on the other. Other open spaces include a seating area and setting for sculpture near the Convention Center and another north of the downtown. AP&A also designed the setting for the Blue Angel plane in Lawson Creek Park and visible on the drive into New Bern.

AWARDS: “Great Places in America: Streets”, 2010, American Planning Association. “Great Main Streets”, NCAPA, 2015

RESULTS: From 1990 through 2001, there was $180 million in public and private investment in downtown New Bern.