Work will begin at Riverfront Park next week. A crew will be moving in Monday to begin making improvements to the area over the next five weeks with a temporary closure possible.
“It’s going to look nice once they’re done,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “I think the entire process will take about five weeks.”
Work will include bank stabilization along the river, replacing two docks, dock dredging cleanup, replacing the concrete boat ramp, and applying gravel to the parking area.
McCord says replacing the boat ramp is the only time he thinks the park will be completely closed.
“They will have to close half the parking lot at a time as work is done, but the only time I foresee the park totally closed off is when they pour and form the boat ramp,” he said. “The concrete has to set for 10 days. Access to it needs to be restricted during that time. Once it is set, they will push it into the river.”
Funding for the project comes from a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency grant obtained by the city in 2009. The grant requires a 20 percent match by the city.
Performing the work will be Tri-State Development for $92,750.