New initiative aims to draw visitors to the Wabash River

WTHI Photo, Cody Murphy
WTHI Photo, Cody Murphy

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A new project is in the making in hopes of drawing more visitors to the Wabash River.

Art Spaces is responsible for thirteen works of art including, painting and sculptures, throughout downtown Terre Haute.

“It surprises you, it gives you something to think about, and it makes it beautiful,” said Mary Kramer, Executive Director of Wabash Valley Art Spaces.

The company, that promotes outdoor art, has unveiled their new “Turn to the River” Initiative.

“It’s a two year creative place making project to discover the ways in which public art can play a role in reconnecting downtown and the river,” said Kramer.

A one hundred page document is full of photos, maps, and drawings, all ideas to make the river an asset to downtown.

“Our focus is really on a tight area, Fairbanks Park, the government campus, and the spaces right around those areas,” said Kramer.

In those spaces they hope to add restaurants, a walking promenade, and an overlook.

Art Spaces is also looking into the possibility of a pedestrian bridge.

“You have to really study the best way to do it, would it be under the road, over the road? We don’t really have the answers just yet but we have recommended that it be studied,” said Kramer.

It’s a grand plan to restore the importance of the river.

“We built our city around the river and through heavy industrial use and years of neglect we turned our back on it, and people are eager to reconnect,” said Kramer.

The project that is funded through grants and donations is expected to begin this fall.

For more information on the “Turn to the River” initiative you can click on the link below. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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