A jogger enjoys a run on the section of boardwalk in the Sackville Waterfowl Park that has been replaced over the past few months and is now open to the public. DOHERTY PHOTO
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Walkers in the community had much to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving weekend.
After a summer-long closure, a key section of the Sackville Waterfowl Park was re-opened to the public on Friday, Oct. 11, welcome news for those that had been anticipating completion of the project.
“We’re really pleased with the contractor and the work they’ve done,” said Todd Cole, director of parks and recreation facilities for the town.
Cole said although there were a number of delays early on in the project, the work progressed fairly quickly once Sackville General Contracting Ltd was awarded the contract in mid-August. The project also came in a bit under budget, he said, saving the town a few thousand dollars on a $324,000 job.
The boardwalk section that was replaced was a 250-metre stretch from the Main Street/Anglican Church entrance to the first walking trail. One of the main elements of the new, sturdier walkway is that it has been stabilized with helical coils to prevent it from settling in the future.
Still yet to be completed as part of the project, however, is the reconstruction of the Doncaster covered bridge at the end of Clarence Street. Cole said work is under way on this phase of the project, with the bridge recently lifted off its footholds and a new supporting structure being constructed underneath. The work on the bridge, which is anticipated to be completed within the next week or so, will also include roof repairs.
Cole said his department will be working with the Sackville Waterfowl Park advisory committee to bring back a recommendation to town council for next year’s priority project in the waterfowl park. He said there are three sections of the park that require upgrades or improvements and they will look at which area to tackle in 2014.
Mayor Bob Berry said he was pleased with this year’s boardwalk replacement project.
“The boardwalk is beautiful. I think it’s a great improvement,” he said.“And I’m looking forward to having other phases of the park done.