Soldotna faces $1.6 million in repairs from ice damage

Big chunk of change

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2007

 

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  Above and below, stairs and access ramps at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna leading to the Kenai River are still choked with the ice chunks that destroyed them in late January. The city estimates it will cost $1.6 million to repair the damage to its parks. Photo by Jenny Neyman

Above and below, stairs and access ramps at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna leading to the Kenai River are still choked with the ice chunks that destroyed them in late January. The city estimates it will cost $1.6 million to repair the damage to its parks.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

The Soldotna City Council got a look at the fishing platforms and riverbank walkways at city parks — what is left of them, anyway.

Parks and Recreation Director Andrew Carmichael gave the council a photo presentation Wednesday on the huge chunks of ice that destroyed a large portion of the city’s river access stairways and fishing walkways this winter.

“One hundred percent of the river access stairs have been damaged,” Carmichael said.

“The Rotary Park fishwalk is gone,” he said.

 

Photo by Jenny Neyman

Carmichael also said the extent of damage to the old walkway at Soldotna Creek Park is still unknown because it remains under the ice, and 100 feet of the new walkway was taken out as some of the old walkway was peeled up into it.

Because river access is considered crucial to the city’s summer economy, many of the walkways will be repaired or replaced this spring, according to Boedeker.

Repairs at Centennial and Swiftwater campgrounds will be done first to the tune of $160,000; new Soldotna Creek Park will come next at $140,000; Rotary Park is planned to be reopened, with reconstruction coming in the fall at $400,000; and upper Soldotna Creek Park will be redone next fall at $660,000.

 

Massive ice chunks crush metal stairs and railings at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna.

Jenny Neyman

Total damage to city infrastructure is estimated at $1.6 million.

Boedeker was authorized to extend the disaster emergency declaration a maximum of 30 days beyond April 2 if necessary.



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