Last Updated: 09/15/2017
The existing asphalt paths in Demetral Park are in need of resurfacing. At the same time, the City recognizes the need for a more continuous pedestrian and bicycle route in the E Johnson St / Pennsylvania Av / Packers Av corridor. This proposed project will construct a 10-foot wide shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path from the southern park limits to Commercial Avenue, generally following the route of the existing path along the east side of Demetral Park. In addition to reconstructing and widening this existing path, some new segments will be added to create a direct, continuous route from the south end of the park to the north end. The project may also include a short path segment at First St.
Ultimately this path project will be a key component in an effort to complete the off-street, shared use path from the Yahara River Parkway Path to Commercial Avenue, a distance of more than 1.4 miles, linking East side neighborhoods to the downtown area. This cooperative project of Engineering and Parks Divisions will also re-pave other paths in the Park, keeping their existing location and width (typically 8 feet or less) and providing a new riding surface. The new path will, to a great extent, serve the function of a sidewalk along Pennsylvania Av and Packers Av. Some additional sidewalk may be constructed with this project and it does not rule out consideration of sidewalk along the street in the future. The path widening will require approval by Board of Parks Commissioners and will require closing the existing paths for some period of time.
The total length of the main path from the southern park limits to Commercial Avenue is approximately 4,400 feet, including 3,000 feet of existing path widened and reconstructed, 1400 feet of new path and street crossings. The existing paths to be resurfaced total approximately 2100 feet.
Preliminary cost estimate for construction is about $300,000 for the main path and $50,000 for the resurfacing of secondary paths.
STATUS AND PUBLIC INPUT
A public meeting was held on October 14, 2015 at East High School to discuss the project.