Under construction: Soldotna park, playground closed until Nov. 15

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Construction will close the Soldotna Creek Park and adjacent playground until Nov. 15, or whenever construction finishes.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Soldotna Creek Park and the adjoining playground are fenced off and closed until November for parking lot construction.

The city closed the areas on Sept. 15 because less people use the park and playground as weather gets chilly, said city Engineer Kyle Kornelius.

The $543,793 project will add a parking lot, entry-way and a second entrance from Birch Street, according to the city engineer. Foster Construction will also extend sewer and water mains to reach a proposed bathroom area, improve current walking paths and build an access loop. Kornelius said that the company will build a drop-off area for visitors at the park.

No work will be done on the playground, but it will remain closed until the Foster ends construction for safety reasons. The company will place 304 barriers around the gravel parking area to separate the grass from the grind.

Four of them will be made of collapsible steel to enable maintenance by the Soldotna Department of Parks and Recreation. The company will install a 550-foot storm drain for the lot.

A plaza, which consists of asphalt and an approximately three and a half foot boulder, will be installed during the first phase, Kornelius said.

Kornelius said that Foster will do more than $80,000 in landscaping and seeding next spring. Adding planting shrubs and trees didn't seem like a good idea while crews excavated the ground.

"If that bulb doesn't take then we just bought some expensive firewood," he said.

Bonnie Ross sat with her kids in Coldstone Creamery. Ross said that takes the kids to the parks only a few times during the shoulder season.

"It's a fairly decent time," she said. "Now that it's cooler it's not a problem. In the summer it would've been a bigger deal."

Tony Cella can be reached at tony.cella@peninsulaclarion.com.

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