Norfolk celebrates Riverpoint Square grand opening

NORFOLK, Neb. -- There's a new pocket park in northeast Nebraska. Norfolk officials are hoping it's more than a spot to relax. They're anticipating it bringing new energy to the downtown area.

City officials celebrated the grand opening of Riverpoint Square Wednesday morning.

"It's been a long time coming, but I'm very excited about the project because I think it intersects a lot of areas that are important to the city -- economic development, community building, and contributing to a growing and evolving downtown," said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning.

The park was made possible thanks to state grants and a partnership with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District.

Officials celebrated the excitement surrounding its completion, and what it means for the downtown area.

"Everyone's worked together well, collaborated, and I think that these events will be very good for the city," Moenning said.

In addition to concerts and other live events, the Norfolk Farmers Market will also call the space home. 

"It's just a great opportunity," said Norfolk Farmers Market organizer Kurt Bruning. "We're gonna capture that classic downtown farmers market vibe, and we're all really looking forward to it."

While embracing the good vibes, Moenning addressed potential parking concerns, as well.

"That's an important message here, that there is plenty of parking in this area," Moenning said. "In fact some is right across the street. Walk about 50 feet to your destination and you're there."

The farmers market's first day is Saturday, May 29th, and it will be held at Riverpoint Square every Tuesday and Thursday.