Council approves parks enhancement projects

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

Two Soldotna High School seniors, Mike Hollingsworth and Dave Beiswenger, spoke to the Soldotna City Council about their senior community service project.

The young men proposed gravel paths between Centennial Park camping places and the Kenai River walkways. Hollingsworth and Beiswenger said the trails would alleviate disturbance to the underbrush.

The council adopted budget changes for the Centennial Park river access project. The project includes a new angler trail, handicapped fishing access and a set of stairs to the river.

The contract for building those stairs was awarded to MTNT Development Inc. of Anchorage. The $31,205.50 contract covers the construction of two metal stairways, elevated walkways to the river, small elevated fish walks, stairways from the fish walks to the river bottom and revegetation of areas disturbed by the construction.

A public hearing on an ordinance to change parts of the municipal code dealing with parks was set for the April 12 council meeting.

The proposed changes include reserving four campsites at Centennial Campground and two at Swiftwater Campground for handicapped use.

Other changes would forbid motor home parking in boat trailer parking areas, unless the motor home has a boat trailer attached; limit the amount of time a boat may be moored to one hour; and ban horses from the campgrounds without a special permit.

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