HUMBOLDT PARK — A popular bridge in Humboldt Park’s namesake park that was closed for repairs for almost a year has reopened.
The bridge — on the western side of the park near the field house — is back in action after being boarded up and inaccessible since last fall. It has a new concrete pathway and steel railings, Park District spokeswoman Michele Lemons said.
Neighbors took to social media to celebrate the bridge’s long-awaited reopening when the boards came down this week, posting comments like “Huge day for me” and “Yesssssssssss finally!!!”
A Park District plan to revamp the park’s bridges left the widely used bridge out of commission for several months, irking neighbors who frequently use the bridge to get across the 200-acre park.
Four other park bridges were also overhauled under the Park District plan. Each bridge received varying levels of improvements based on what condition they were in and the accessibility of materials, Lemons said.
A fifth bridge is still under construction, Lemons said. Construction on that bridge is expected to continue through August, she said.
Repair work took longer than anticipated because the bridges are “historical” and require “specialized attention,” Lemons previously said. The bridge near the field house shut down last fall, but construction didn’t begin until this summer.
The bridge near the field house is a popular spot for strolling and wedding pictures, neighbors previously said. It also provides easy access to the park’s formal garden, they said.
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