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Providence Park

What's going on at Providence Park?

We've heard that question a lot lately and wanted to give everyone an update:

When we took possession of the property last summer, the park was in complete disrepair from sitting vacant for 10 years. We had hopes of opening the park for passive use last fall. However, after assessing the property, we became aware of the large amount of safety concerns for the public with unsafe bridges, abandoned buildings and more. Below is the timeline of our work in the park. This is certainly a process we need to work through to have a safe site for our community. We want to open the park as soon as possible, but we need it to be safe first.

 

 Providence Park Work Timeline:

June 2015 – Completed an asbestos study of the two buildings

June 2015 – Removed garbage, debris and dead animals and boarded up the lodge building

July 2015 – Completed the removal and relocation of large Honey Bee Hive in one of the buildings

July 2015 – Completed the removal of two plastic barrels (sealed and not leaking) of unknown chemicals

August 2015 – Physically disconnected electric service (was still live) at the maintenance building

August 2015 – Completed repairs to all fencing around the former rock quarry

August 2015 – Completed construction of new fencing between the lodge building and the stone wall

September 2015 – Completed the first trail renovation.  (Multiple trail renovation projects going on now by volunteer groups under guidance of Parks and Recreation Director)

October 2015 – Collected and removed several hundred pounds of debris

November 2015 – Removed propane storage tank

December 2015 – Boarded up Lodge building again

January 2016 – Completed a second trail renovation

February 2016 – Started replacement of benches throughout park

March 2016 – Maintenance Building removed

April 2016 – Engineering report reveals the dock and one bridge must be replaced, two bridges must be repaired

May 2016 –Engineering firm selected to create the design/construction documents for a new bridge

May 2016 – Tree study identifies many trees that must be removed for the safety of park users

June 2016 – Work Orders for Bridge repairs issued

 

Tasks to be completed prior to opening the park:

1)    Assessing options for structurally deficient dock

2)    Complete bridge construction

3)    Hazardous tree removal

4)    Complete analysis of the lodge building

5)    Board up lodge building again (due to vandalism)

5)    Complete bridge repairs