by Kathleen Farrell, assisted by Dante DiBartolo, David Standifer, and Roberta Faulhaber
A sculpture of Chet Rybicki and Jim Moser, two driving forces behind the Riverwalk.
Title: Riverwalk Visionaries
Artist: Kathleen Farrell, assisted by Dante DiBartolo, David Standifer, and Roberta Faulhaber
Location: Water St. and Main St. on the Riverwalk
Installation Date: 2006
Installation Story: The Century Walk sculpture depicting businessman Jim Moser and Mayor Chet Rybicki is representative of the volunteer community spirit of cooperation that has been the success of the Riverwalk, a private/public partnership in Naperville. "Riverwalk Visiona
Description: A sculpture of Chet Rybicki and Jim Moser, two driving forces behind the Riverwalk.
Plaque Text: In 1979, a committee was formed to help decide what kind of community gift would be appropriate as a lasting memorial of Naperville's sesquicentennial celebration to be held in 1981. Local businessman, Jim Moser, with the help of architect Chuck George, prepared a far-reaching plan to develop the banks of the west branch of the DuPage River into an urban linear park. The "Riverwalk," as it came to be known, would be built brick by brick, tree by tree, by volunteers to beautify the banks of the river and become a gathering place for the community. Mayor Chet Rybicki gave his total approval and support to this project and helped direct the city into a partnership of private and public cooperation that continues to this day.