The City of Rock Hill set its sights on becoming a regional hospitality and recreation destination with the goal of setting the City apart from other communities in the greater Charlotte region. Riverwalk presented a unique opportunity to advance the City’s goals by creating a recreation experience that would accommodate private residents as well as public visitors. Rather than isolating the community, we merged the public and private open space amenities, including a public greenway and multi-use trails, to promote an active lifestyle and unify the community. Both planned and spontaneous recreation amenities allow residents and visitors to explore Riverwalk by walking, cycling, or even canoeing. The recreation experience is amplified through the on-site velodrome and BMX facility, which positioned the City of Rock Hill as a world-class recreation and hospitality destination. By balancing the needs of the public and private realms, Riverwalk increased connections to the greater region and has been a catalyst for growth and development in Rock Hill.