Work Planned on Historic Bridge at Yellow Creek Park [Video]
I grew up in Thruston and I can't even tell you how many hours I spent at Yellow Creek Park. I mean, that park was basically my front yard and my friends and I hung out there all the time- at the ball fields, the playground, the tennis courts, the lake and, of course, the trails in the back of the park.
A key feature of those trails, the "gateway" to them, is about to undergo a major renovation. The historic truss bridge is the subject of a major construction project aimed at preserving its "historic" look, but ensuring its structural integrity. After all, as the "gateway" to the park, folks walk and drive across the bridge.
Yesterday, Daviess County Fiscal Court shared a video about the upcoming project and Parks Director Ross Leigh shared some history about the bridge. Did you know it dates back to the late 1800s? It came to Yellow Creek in 1985, which is why it's so important to begin restoration work on it.
As Ross explains, there's a fine balance to achieve so they can preserve the history of the bridge while securing it for the future.
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As you heard, the estimated completion date for the project is May of 2021. That timing is perfect. The annual music festival ROMP, presented by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, takes place at the end of June each year. That festival incorporates all areas of the park, including Pioneer Village, which rests on the other side of the bridge.