During the September Park Board meeting is was announced that a $50,000 grant had been received to stabilize the river bank along the Greenway Trail near the Dog Park. With all of this summer’s rain, the river rose and fell many times and caused a good size portion of the river bank to fall out from under the trail.
Park employees with the assistance of the Street Department have moved the trail more in-land to get it open. Street millings from city street projects have been used to help make the new trail.
The LARE Grant funds will be available early next year and the bank stabilization project must be completed by 2017. The grant is an 80/20 split so the city will be responsible for $12,000. Park Superintendent Mike Hite said the match does not have to be in a cash match but could be self-work by city employees and in-kind services.
Currently the park has requests for qualifications out for design and construction work on the project. The RFQ’s should be back in the October meeting for a committee to review and work on selecting the company for the bank stabilization project.