The Riverside Library and Cultural Center is the result of a joint effort of the High Plains Library District and the City of Evans to collaborate to build a facility that will meet several different, yet compatible, community needs. The immediate context of the site, in the east side of Evans, has historically been underserved. Because this area has been partially divided from other communities by natural and man-made barriers—Highway 85 to the west, Highway 34 to the north, and the South Platte to the south and southeast—the majority of community facilities in the City of Evans have been developed to the west of Highway 85. This project presents an opportunity to reinforce community services on the eastside, but also to develop these to serve the entire city.
Combining a community library, significant meeting and conferencing spaces, offices, a coffee shop/internet café, and an Evans Police substation, the new center will serve as the community’s gathering place, with a mix of uses that will generate activity throughout the day and evenings. Since the building will include meeting spaces of a size not currently available, it will be capable of attracting large numbers of people for community meetings. Investment in the east side of Evans will also be intended to serve as a catalyst for future growth and investment in this part of the city, enhancing existing services while offering new opportunities.