Reconstruction to begin on Happy Hollow Park entrance

The city of West Lafayette is constructing a trail system at the park's Happy Hollow Road entrance.

Posted: Apr. 30, 2019 12:04 PM
Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 12:20 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Happy Hollow Park is becoming more pedestrian friendly.

The city of West Lafayette is constructing a trail system at the park's Happy Hollow Road entrance. Right now, this is the only entrance that doesn't have a pedestrian trail next to the road.

The project is set to begin on Monday, May 6 and take two weeks for completion. It must be done before Memorial Day on May 27.

The city's engineering department will rebuild the existing entrance to make it wider for a trail.

City engineer Ed Garrison said what currently stands can be unsafe and inconvenient for pedestrians.

“Currently, if a pedestrian or bicyclist wants to get into the park from Happy Hollow, they're either going another half a mile south to come back or they're trying to navigate onto what's a fairly narrow entrance into the park right now,” said Garrison.

Garrison said this project is doing more than just providing another trail for pedestrians.

“It's just another way for us to give our main park in West Lafayette a facelift, give it a nice welcoming entrance and improve the quality of life for the community,” said Garrison.

This project is the first step in a bigger plan to beautify Happy Hollow Park. The two-month-long project will include an art area and a level area overlooking the creek.

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