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November 1, 2018 Lake Darling dedicates pedestrian bridge
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The recent completion of the 140-foot pedestrian bridge spanning the Lake Darling State Park silt dam was marked by a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The event was held at the Cottonwood Shelter, adjoining the first boat ramp parking lot and at the new American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant bridge.

“This is yet another example of the Friends of Lake Darling working in partnership with Lake Darling State Park to bring ADA amenities to our park, making nature more accessible to the public,” Dr. Fay Vittetoe, Friends of Lake Darling board member, said. “At the 2016 park re-dedication, we dreamed of a bridge over the silt dam, and here it is.”

Funding for the bridge and its installation was made possible by Richland native Jerry B. Robinson, currently of Engelwood, Colo., through a grant of $200,000.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources supervisor Tom Basten said the ADA approaches to the bridge were funded with funds from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Funds allocated to the park this year.

Vittetoe said that the Friends will continue to work with park personnel on future projects and invites the public to take time to enjoy the paved trails connecting shoreline to the campground.

There is a new segment of trail connecting to the Four Season Cabins. Nearby the cabins’ donor names panel is now viewable.

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