Olen Park may get walking bridge
By Bert Lehman
The city of Clintonville is researching the possibility of constructing a pedestrian bridge in W.A. Olen Park connecting the center of the park with the peninsula located in the park.
“It’s been awhile since we talked about it, but it’s kind of the second design phase of the disc golf course,” Justin Mc Auly, parks and recreation director, told the Clintonville Park and Recreation Committee at its March 27 meeting. “So we can connect the nine baskets with some more baskets on the other end.”
Mc Auly said the project, if it were to move forward, would be funded 100 percent by donations.
He added that the Lynne Simpson family, who donated the funds to build the disc golf course, is interested in making a donation to help fund the bridge.
A donation of $10,000 has been made to fund a study to determine the feasibility of a bridge in that location, Mc Auly said.
“It does not tie us to anything. It is just a design phase study,” Mc Auly said.
The city received four bids for the feasibility study, with the bids ranging from $6,500 to $12,925.
Mc Auly recommended the Park and Rec. Committee approve the low bid of $6,500.
Committee Chairman Steve Kettenhoven asked where the bridge would be located if built.
Mc Auly said near the enclosed shelter in W.A. Olen Park.
The feasibility study would take around two months to complete, Mc Auly said.
The parks and recreation committee approved recommending to the city’s finance committee that it approve the $6,500 bid for the bridge feasibility study.