This drawing shows the path of a 10-foot-wide, 1-mile asphalt walking path around Belk Park Lake.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for improvements at two of the city’s parks.
Park and Recreation Director Jason Woody on Monday told the Wood River City Council that the crew responsible for building a bridge across part of Belk Park Lake, one of the last scheduled improvements to Belk Park, arrived in town Monday afternoon. The crew, from Freeport, Fla., construction company Backwoods Bridges, was expected to get to work on the bridge Tuesday morning with an eye on being done by Aug. 1.
“They’re still hoping they can get it done by the end of this month,” Woody said, noting that the crew was planning to work 10-hour days for 10 straight days to get the work done. “They’ll put a lot of work in, and hopefully we’ll see some headway by the end of this week.”
The design and construction process for the bridge was the most time-intensive of the upgrades planned for the park. The contract with Backwoods Bridges was approved at the council’s May 16 meeting, and the company got to work on the design shortly thereafter.
In the meantime, the city has continued construction on the 10-foot-wide, 1-mile asphalt walking path around the lake. Grading and rock installation recently were completed, and Woody said Lebanon’s Christ Brothers Asphalt Inc. hopes to have the path paved next week. Once the bridge is finished, workers will have to come back to finish abutments where the bridge and walking path meet.
Bathrooms at the park also will be getting a facelift. Woody said his department still is considering what improvements to make, noting that replacing light fixtures and painting ceilings and floors will be among the upgrades.
“Pretty much the works,” Woody said of the enhancements.
A new bathroom and concession stand structure at the city’s Soccer Park is next on the agenda, with construction set to start Aug. 1, according to Woody. In anticipation of the new building, the council on Monday approved donation of the concession trailer that had been at the park to East Alton-Wood River High School.