The Downtown Bridge is a 30-foot-wide pedestrian bridge designed with a contemporary interpretation of the WPA style, and is anchored on one end with a grand staircase that leads visitors to the new Royer Park Civic Plaza. All around the project are opportunities for education, from the creek to the historic bridge to the views of downtown. The concrete bridge deck artfully celebrates the flowing water in the creek below using a two-tone pattern of seeded glass. Interpretive panels feature timelines of Roseville’s rich history, with etchings of historic photos provided by the City and the Roseville Historical Society. The historic bridge, known as the Rube Nelson “Ice House Bridge,” was carefully lifted, restored, and relocated to close a critical gap in existing trails and provide access from Downtown to Royer Park. The trail continues under the new Downtown Bridge and connects to the newly installed replacement bridge that connects the library to the southern end of Royer Park.
CALA developed conceptual designs, bridge aesthetics, construction documents, visual simulations, public outreach, monumentation, historic interpretation, and placemaking for the three bridges, urban plaza space and trail connections.