Four years ago, the quarter-mile-long stretch of land along the Fox River, about a block from downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, was mostly a simple path and a large empty space behind a mall parking structure. Today, the 2.5-acre site presents a very different scene. On the first day of summer, office workers are taking a midday stroll on the Fox River bank. A muscular guy with three trotting dogs glides by on a bicycle. And in a perfect'almost nostalgic'warm-weather tableau, two boys sit at the water's edge, preparing their poles and lines for a day of fishing. 'It was not highly developed at all,' says Michelle Bailey, a downtown worker taking a minute from an afternoon stroll. 'But now, there are people here. Things are different.' 'It was nothing,' adds Bailey's colleague Linda Myers. 'Now it's coming alive.'