Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a major project to enhance the town's Embankment and Riverside areas.
The £1.5 million project will include new pavements, more trees and plants, and improved accessibility to the town centre.
Commenting on the proposals - which form part of the budget - mayor Dave said: “The Embankment is a beautiful space that people across the borough enjoy.
"During the day residents can enjoy walking along the river, past the many trees and flower displays that line the area.
"In the evening, the lighting that stretches the length of the Embankment makes it a unique place to visit. Over the last two years I’m sure we have all appreciated the importance of outdoor spaces, so I am very pleased we are investing in this area.”
Councillor Henry Vann, portfolio holder for town centres and planning, added: “We all know how beautiful The Embankment is and how important it is - the centrepiece of our town and borough, drawing people in from across the country and there for every resident.
"Our town centre consultation highlighted just how important our River Great Ouse is and it is brilliant that we are able to continue to invest in and enhance the area, so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.”