Jul 21, 2021 1:04 PM

City Park sidewalk project is taking shape

Posted Jul 21, 2021 1:04 PM

City Commissioners approved the construction contract for City Park’s Clarenburg Trail (the multi-use sidewalk around the perimeter of City Park). Originally approved in 2019, the improvements were put on hold due to the pandemic.

One of the top objectives of the Master Plan for City Park was to prioritize pedestrian-bicycle access to and through City Park. Currently, the trails located on the north, south, and west perimeters of the Park are 8 feet wide. However, the sidewalk along the eastern perimeter is only 5 feet wide, which is not adequate for a multi-use trail.

These upgrades will address access and safety challenges along the east side of City Park along 11th Street. The existing east perimeter sidewalk will be widened to 8 feet and unlike the rest of the trail, it will be moved away from the edge of the road to meander northward to connect to the Johnny Kaw statue walkway connect to the historic Floral Hall-Roundhouse structure at the north end. New Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps will be installed along with a new crosswalk at the intersection of Leavenworth and 11th Street.

The construction contract was awarded for $193,584.30 and will be paid for with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.