The open space areas around the bridge can act as an important riparian buffer along the waterways. On the southeast side of the bridge, there is a large public/open space between Indian River Road and Oleander Avenue. This area along the roadway has the potential to provide a useful riparian buffer - a vegetative filter - to the Indian River.
The area around the Indian River Bridge was adopted by the Friends of Indian River in 2012 and we've been practicing good stewardship of the four planters at the corners of the Bridge. Working through the Adopt-A-Garden program we've performed regular volunteer clean-up efforts, conducted much needed pruning and care to existing crepe myrtle trees, and prepared and maintaining garden beds and plantings around the Bridge.