|Club to replace bridge at Waterworks Park|
|Monday, January 07, 2013 4:16 PM|
DELPHOS — The Delphos Stadium Club will take delivery of a rated 5-ton walk bridge at Waterworks Park at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
The purchase of the pre-engineered bridge was made possible by generous contributions from area foundations, businesses and individuals. They also received assistance from National Lime & Stone and K & L Ready Mix through discounted prices on foundation materials.
Several years ago, flooding in the park put the existing bridge under water by about 18 inches and at that time, the embankments were eroding badly. A minor fix when the creek was cleaned allowed a couple more years of use but now is the time for a new bridge. The old bridge will be removed Tuesday morning after the new bridge has been installed.
The new 40-foot bridge sports a 7-foot-wide walking surface. It is being elevated on par with State Route 66 to prevent water from endangering the bridge. The abutments are wrapped with a rip rap stone to stop erosion of the embankments. Approach walks will be built up and ground hauled in to gently slope away from the walkways.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming support from our many volunteers who make the park improvement projects possible. We are also thankful for funding from local businesses, individuals, organizations, the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation, the Mueller-Scherger Foundation and the City of Delphos,” John Nomina, Delphos Stadium Club trustee, said.
The club will also work with the Senior Citizen Board and the City Parks Department to design a walkway system connecting with the Senior Citizens’ Center to make the park more accessible to seniors. The plans will also include the addition of benches and landscaping in the park to allow leisurely walks and opportunities to relax and visit.
The $85,000 project also includes landscaping and concrete enhancements around the rest rooms and shelter houses.