The town of Davidson soon will begin replacing the aging pedestrian walkway along Griffith Street at Roosevelt Wilson Park in a $76,000 project paid for through a combination of town funds and a grant from the charitable foundation of Mooresville-based Lowe’s Corp.
The town announced Tuesday that Lowe’s Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has provide a grant of $25,000 to help pay for the bridge. The town also has $51,000 for the project in its 2012-2013 budget.
Town spokeswoman Cristina Shaul said the bridge replacement would begin in mid-March and end by mid-May.
The work is part of a five-year maintenance program under way at the park, according to the town. Davidson Public Works already has begun landscaping and installing concrete and brick-edged sidewalks, replacing decking and handrails on a boardwalk across the pond, and repairing the pond’s fountain and aeration equipment. In 2011, the town also called in an animal control firm named Goose Busters to help with geese at the park, and the firm remains at work.
The new bridge will be lower, to improve the pond’s visibility from Griffith Street, and will include widened “bump-out viewing stations” where walkers can pause and overlook the water. The Lawrence Group of Davidson did the bridge design.
“Lowe’s is committed to recognizing and supporting efforts that enrich the lives of our neighbors and customers,” Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, said in a press release. “By supporting projects in our area, we are contributing to causes that are important to our customers and employees and helping build brighter futures for our neighbors.”
Mayor John Woods welcomed the grant, and said in the press release, “Roosevelt Wilson Park is at the gateway of our community and we look forward to its ongoing beautification of which this new bridge is a part.”
See previous coverage of Roosevelt Wilson Park on DavidsonNews.net