Work to Expand a Popular Yakima Park Starts This Week
Yakima's Chesterly Park is about to expand. Work gets underway this week to add almost 2,200 feet of new walkway at around the park for everyone to enjoy. Yakima city officials say the new extended walkway will be on the southeast and south side of the park.
THE WORK STARTS THIS WEEK TO CONNECT A NEW PATHWAY
They say the city’s Streets Division will begin work on the project this week which will connect to existing walkway and utilize the sidewalk along River Road.
When the work is complete, there will be more than 4,500 feet of paved pathway at Chesterley Park.
“The new walkway will create a loop that people can use for leisure and exercise,” says Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “We are so pleased to provide another recreation amenity for our community to enjoy.”
THE PARK WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THE WORK
Yakima city officials say during the walkway construction, most of Chesterley Park will remain open to the public. Construction will be away from the park’s soccer fields. No traffic restrictions or closures are expected during construction. The new and expanded walkway is expected to be open by the end of April or early May.
DID YOU KNOW MT. ST. HELENS HELPED DEVELOP THE PARK?
Remember the eruption of Mt. St. Helens? Ash covered the valley and people spent months digging out ash covered neighborhoods, homes and pools. All that ash had to be dumped somewhere and a good majority that fell in the city was dumped at 40th Avenue where Chesterly Park was located. So the next time you're at the park just dig down a bit and you'll find history.
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