The Beautification and Tourism Committee has completed the first phase of improving the appearance of the Riverfront to visitors and local folks.
Signs, which were approved by the City Council in May at a cost of $3,725, have been installed, along with new benches and trash receptacles.
Committee member Brenda Owen said they are pleased with the new additions and the fact that they used money the committee receives from the visiting riverboats to pay for them. The Chester Riverfront was once a bustling area with numerous businesses and homes but due to frequent flooding and the railroad's decision to move to higher ground in 1950, all but St. Nicholas Landmark is gone. The new signage tells about this rich history as well as the riverboats and railroads which formerly delivered commerce to the area.
Chester has seen a great increase in visits from excursion boats in recent years and has become a premium stop for the American Queen. In the next three months, Chester will receive eight more visits from the cruise boats. The LST is also scheduled to be docked at the port September 7-9 and will offer tours to the public.
The new improvements will be seen hundreds of visitors.