Workers have removed the aging pedestrian boardwalk along Griffith Street at Roosevelt Wilson Park as part of a $76,000 replacement project that began July 11.
The town announced the project in January, saying it was being paid for through a combination of town funds and a $25,000 grant from the charitable foundation of Mooresville-based Lowe’s Corp. The town also allocated $51,000 for the project in its 2012-2013 budget.
In a public notice, the town urged drivers to take care while driving past the work, to avoid workers in the street. Traffic could be slow at times through the area, the town said.
The project originally was scheduled to be completed 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 over the winter landscaped and installed concrete and brick-edged sidewalks, replaced decking and handrails on another boardwalk across the pond, and repaired the pond’s fountain and aeration equipment.
Over the past two years, the town also has used an animal control firm named Goose Busters to help with geese at the park.
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.
See previous coverage of Roosevelt Wilson Park on DavidsonNews.net