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2013 top stories: #8 - Remaking a memorial

After the city received $390,000 in funding from the state’s 2012 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program, work on Memorial Park slowed over the summer of 2013.

Steve Kohn, Red Wing assistant planning director, said an archeological study was completed to ensure the project could move ahead with all areas planned for renovation and improvement.

“We didn’t find any sensitive areas we had to avoid,” Kohn said.

The deadline for the project’s completion is the end of 2014, he said, so there will be a flurry of activity to wrap everything up by the end of the summer.

New kiosk panels with historical and park information have been delivered for the new permanent signage and will be installed in the spring, Kohn said.

Trail widening and maintenance will begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer, Kohn explained, along with the installation of more benches and tables, a large picnic shelter in the Upper Quarry and screening for the restrooms.

The Sugarloaf and Lower Quarry areas also will be renovated to allow for accessibility which meets the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

New concrete balusters will be installed along the road. The limestone stairs will be reconstructed.

The total cost of the project is expected to be around $440,000.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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