South Carter Street Park reopens
by Bobby Lee McCulley | April 17, 2017 6:22 am
A little over a year after approving the bid to build a new pedestrian bridge that goes over the CalfKiller River, the bridge is finally open.
South Carter Street Park had to be closed by the City of Sparta for the duration of the construction project.
As previously reported by The Expositor, on April 7, 2016, the City of Sparta approved a bid from J. Cumby Construction for $386,000 to construct a pedestrian bridge. This new bridge connects South Carter Street Park and a walking trail that goes around the Old City Cemetery near Liberty Square.
This project has been ongoing since the bid was awarded. On Oct.18, 2016, J. Cumby crews set the bridge in place. City employees have been busy since that time building stairs and a handicap accessible ramp for the new pedestrian bridge on the South Carter Street Park side.
South Carter Street Park was reopened to the public last week. Those who visit the park will notice several upgrades. All of the playground areas have been re-mulched, the playground equipment has been taken apart and the posts have been replaced, as well as other improvements.
The new pedestrian bridge is open to the public. However, the trail on the other side has not yet been completed. Currently, there is a barricade that is blocking off access to the other side of the bridge.
Crews have been busy replacing lights in the Old City Cemetery, as well as building the new trail connector for the bridge. Dillard Quick, Sparta public works director, has stated that he hopes to have the other side of the trail completed soon, weather permitting.