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Parks and Rec to Present Proposed McIntire Park Bridge Design

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

A Charlottesville engineering team is putting finishing touches on the design for a bridge that will connect both sides of one of the city's most popular parks for the first time.

This week, they're asking for the community's input on the plans. The Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open house Tuesday to show off an engineering team's proposed bridge design for McIntire Park.

The firm RK&K is drawing up plans for the $1.2 million pedestrian trail bridge to connect the east and west sections of the 130-acre park, which is split by railroad tracks.

The railroad requires the bridge be fenced in for safety. Design elements up for discussion include the lighting along the bridge and designating an area for art displays around the structure.

“We're trying to find ways to balance the safety and engineering needs with what's really going to be a critical bridge at a very well seen, publicly used spot. So, we don't want a boring bridge,” said Chris Gensic, Charlottesville Parks and Trails planner.

The bridge will create the link through McIntire Park to connect a pedestrian and biking trail from downtown Charlottesville all the way to Hydraulic Road.

Tuesday's open house will feature a 3-D animation to experience what it will be like to walk across the bridge. The city will be taking comments from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Charlottesville High School cafeteria.

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