River Walk may get new route

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash River Walk could be getting a different route sometime in the future.

The Wabash Board of Parks & Recreation agreed to look into changing the route on the eastern portion of the trail between Wabash and Huntington streets.

The city, Park Superintendent Adam Hall noted, has been getting some complaints from residents because high water from the Wabash River has closed down a portion of the trail this spring.

Some have suggested moving the trail to the north of the existing pathway. Hall told the board that in order to do that, the trail would have to be close to the city’s northern property line.

In order to move the trail, board members were told, many trees would have to be removed. The board also questioned whether asphalt would be needed or gravel would suffice.

Some board members noted that gravel would make it hard for those with baby strollers or wagons, as well as for bike riders.

Any decision is far off, largely due to cost concerns. The board had no idea how much the move would cost.

It did agree to have Hall explore the cost of relocating that portion and report back to it.

In another matter, the board learned that work is progressing on the city’s Inclusive Park.

The park committee is making plans for a grand opening; however, it is still too early to have a date finalized, Hall told the board.

In another matter, the board learned Hall is seeking to launch a Patronicity campaign to help raise funds for a fitness pad. The city recently received a $30,000 grant to place an outdoor exercise facility near the Wabash River Plaza, just west of the Wabash Street Bridge.

Hall told the board he is checking with Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority officials about guidelines which he needs to follow for the campaign.

In a final matter, the board learned that the Honeywell Pool will open over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27.

Because of school, it will be closed the following Tuesday through Thursday, but will reopen on the weekend for the season.
“We’re going to try to reopen on that Friday (May 31), depending on lifeguards,” Hall told the board. “If not, we’ll reopen on Saturday (June 1).

Posted on 2019 May 14