On Centre: Centre Region | Spring Creek Park’s pedestrian bridge to offer ‘floating’ sensation

March 29, 2013 

— A new pedestrian bridge planned for Spring Creek Park will include a middle observation deck to help visitors feel like they’re “floating” over the creek.

Students with Penn State’s chapter of the Design Build Institute of America recently presented their plans to the Township Council, and received approval to proceed.

The 34-acre park has entrances on Puddintown and Houserville roads, and is mostly maintained by Centre Region Parks and Recreation, with just over 4.5 acres maintained by the township.

Laura Wake-Ramos explained the design of the 45-foot span, which will cross the creek near a parking area on one side and playing field on the other. It will be handicap-accessible and offer benches on a bump-out in the middle.

Visitors can “really enjoy Spring Creek by hanging out on this bridge,” she said.

Craig Dubler, the group’s faculty adviser, said project goals included using steel and some local timber, as well as making the bridge accessible to all.

“Not too many bridges in this area are handicap-accessible,” he said.

The township previously budgeted $25,000 for the project, much of which will pay for steel for the structure of the bridge. Wood also will be used and a wire railing is part of the design.

Dubler said the group has considered using white oak from a local lumber mill, at a low substitution cost, but council member David Koll suggested they use treated wood.

“That’ll be a maintenance issue for us,” he said.

Councilwoman Mary Shoemaker praised the project.

“I really like the design,” she said. “I think it fits in really well.”

Construction is set to take place in April, with completion by May 5.

Jessica VanderKolk writes this weekly column featuring news from the Centre Region. Contact her at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @jVanReporter.

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