As spring nears the city of Bellevue is looking ahead at repairs needed at Hayworth Park. The popular park was under water last summer due to Missouri River flooding and Public Works Director Jerry Hare says a lot of work lies ahead if they want even a portion open this summer.
Hare says there are a lot of trees to remove. He says that will be big job and have been told by experts they won’t know how many trees are dead for at least two to three years or more.
Hare says they will also have to rebuild restrooms, get rid of silt and clear walking trails. They hope to have a portion of the park open by Labor Day. They are also looking forward to boaters this season and hope to have the public boat ramp open. Hare says the marina won’t open in the foreseeable future.
The Bellevue City Council will address the park’s restoration at tonight’s meeting and expect to award four contracts so work can start. City officials say it will cost millions of dollars to complete all the necessary work.