Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Foot/Rusty Bridge Park

Here is the rest of The Foot Bridge Park…newly renovated. (Technically is is called The Red Bridge Park)

Rusty Bridge

This is the new bridge…we call it the rusty bridge.  It was paid for by the Minnesota Department of Natural Recourses.  How much did they pay for it?  Who knows?  I know the paving and parking lot was $220,000.00  Part of that was supposed to have been paid for with a Grant from the State of Minnesota…our tax dollars at work.

The bridge that was painted red 

This is the bridge that used to cover the span to connect one side of the river to the other.  Now they have planted shrubbery around it and built steps. At least they didn’t hack it up.

March 18, 2011 The new red bridge

The old footbridge in winter.

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This is the old beach house.  It is a historical building so it might be safe from destruction.   Far Guy says there used to be a ping pong table in half of it and boys and girls changing rooms in the other half.   This used to be “the place” to go in the summertime. Some of the town kids practically lived there all summer.  There were diving platforms and rafts and life guards on duty. ( usually teachers)  I can only remember swimming here a few times.  Far Guy was always gone all summer although he was able to get there a few times over the 4th of July when his parents made in back in town for a few days.  I am not certain why this City Beach was abandoned…liability perhaps.

There are street lights now and green benches and a number of trash receptacles and red picnic tables and a drinking water fountain.   

Sculpture

And a sculpture.  I heard there are supposed to be more…it is becoming more of an artsy fartsy town all the time.

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19 comments:

  1. I love the winter photo where the bridge is reflected in the water. Our town (the chicken capital lol) has artsy fartsy eggs all over town. Funny, our town is littered with garbage and nobody can pick that up but we have EGGS~

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  2. Ha! Some pretty nice artsy fartsy art, I think. And I too like the picture of the red bridge reflected in the water. :-)

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  3. Hey, I like that sculpture! It would fit in nicely here in bike-crazy Portland.

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  4. I love it that they kept the old bridge. I can just see kids scrambling all over it.
    Rust is not as pretty as red.

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  5. Artsy fartsy can be fun, but I like the old stuff, too. It looks like the old changing house was built from native river rock. Nice!

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  6. Why on earth are they allowing the new bridge to rust - Aargh!

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  7. Dawn is a biology major and said she thought she heard the old city beach location was a deadzone concerning water movement, thus heavy weed growth and swimmer’s itch haven. The little canal that was installed between the kiddies (the Footbridge) side and the main swimming (Highway 71) side with the rafts etc. was a good idea but it never worked. The Footbridge channel pressure/water flow made the canal just a deadzone which eventually became plugged with a green sludge/moss and was eventually removed. I remember always having swimmer’s itch/water poisoning after swimming at the Beach House site but I did not get it when I swam in the main channel in front of our place. The closing may have been liability or health considerations. I was told the bridge is painted that color so rust is not as visible down the road.

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  8. Looks like a nice place for a walk, and I love the old stone beach house!

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  9. Looks like a lovely place to walk and enjoy ! I do like those bridges ! Great photos . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  10. Smart people had the idea, promoted it and got the job done. It's a first class project for the area. Swimming beaches disappeared when much better pools were built for yer round use.

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  11. Hi there, nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment. Pretty area that you live in...I love that red bridge.

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  12. This was fun! Thank you!

    Linda
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  13. Afternoon, looks so lovely to go for a walk on the bridge. What a great beach, love the stone.Blessings Francine.

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  14. Nice park for walking and taking pictures. Plus, with it becoming more "artsy fartsy" al the time you'll have more things to take photos of and we all know the artsy fartsy stuff can be pretty intriguing. ( Often funny too )

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  15. Thanks for adding your description of the park. I will keep it in mind for the next time I head that way. I agree with those who liked the winter photo and reflection of the bridge. Have a great day!

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  16. I like the old red bridge better. No surprise. ;)
    At least they kept the park! Even if it is getting artsy-fartsy--LOL! ;)

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  17. I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

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  18. It does look like a nice park though. I do like the old bridge but oh well.

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