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City announces closure of bridges at Randall Park

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A popular trail at Randall Park in Yakima will soon be losing two of its bridges.

City of Yakima Parks and Recreation crews permanently closed off the wooden bridges Thursday. They'll soon begin the tear down process and removal of the bridges.

The bridges were built back in the mid-1970's at Randall Park, located between 44th and 48th Avenue.

"The fact that so many people use the bridges makes the decision to remove them even harder," said Ken Wilkinson, manager for Parks and Recreation. "But we really don't have a choice because the bridges just aren't safe anymore. Wooden bridges only have a certain lifespan and these two are at the end of theirs," said Wilkinson.

City engineers are already in the early stages of developing plans to replace the bridges, but the City doesn't have enough funds to fully pay for the new bridges.

"We are going to need to find donors to make it work. We are going to need people to help pay for the bridges, to provide some of the materials for the bridges, and to help install the bridges. That's the only way we'll be able to afford it," said Wilkinson.

Anyone interested in helping get the Randall Park bridges replaced can contact Ken Wilkinson at (509) 576-6416 or e-mail kwilkins@ci.yakima.wa.us.

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