South Carter Street Park reopens

by | April 17, 2017 6:22 am

The new bridge over Calfkiller River and access ramp are now available for visitors as the tour the South Carter Street Park and the adjoining walking trails. See more photos on 2A. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

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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.

comments » 2

  1. Comment by Connie

    April 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    What happened to the skate park for the kids? Everytime they get promised one, it goes on stupid other stuff like this. Our kids need things to do in Sparta, instead of having to drive all the way to Crossville to their skate park

  2. Comment by Chad

    April 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    The city is hoping to have the skateboard park open in 3 weeks.

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