The City of Janesville has embarked on a multi-year, multi-phased strategy to revitalize its downtown and ancillary corridors to improve the quality of life for its residents and attract and promote activity in the downtown area. A Town Square was chosen as the first project. The first phase of the Town Square, West Town Square, was completed in 2018. East Town Square, which included a pedestrian bridge and community space on the east side of the Rock River, was completed in 2020. The Blain Gilbertson Family Heritage Pedestrian Bridge is the defining feature of the project and features a 30-foot-tall sculpture called Resilience where the two bridge piers meet in the middle of the bridge.
This project has been awarded an American Public Works Association (APWA) of Wisconsin Small Cities/Rural Communities Public Work Project of the Year Award in the Structures category.