Sunday, October 27 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Indian Lake Area Historical Society (a 501(c)(3) organization) and its Sandy Beach Bridge Committee announce the groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off the Harborwalk portion of the Sandy Beach Bridge project at Russells Point on Indian Lake, Ohio. The community is invited to attend the groundbreaking taking place on Sunday October 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the East end of bridge site in Russells Point. The event is free and open to the public.
The harbor bridge has been an icon of both Indian Lake and Logan County since its construction in the 1920s. The bridge served as the pedestrian connection between the two sides of the amusement park which, until falling into disrepair during the ‘60s, was known as “Ohio’s Million Dollar Playground.” The goal of the bridge renovation project is to establish a park type facility once again accessible to the public that will be a central feature for community activities and events.
Through private funding and a grant from the Logan County Commissioners, the Historical Society has completed the reverse engineering necessary to ensure the soundness of the structure. The Historical Society is now in the process of raising $250,000 which, along with “in kind” donations, will be used to create the Harborwalk encircling Russells Point harbor and to re-deck the bridge with the newest in composite materials and handrails. The project design includes landscaping and benches installed along the length of the Harborwalk and strategically placed markers with brief descriptions memorializing the places, characters and activities of that bygone era.
Current fundraising efforts have now put the committee in a position for an official groundbreaking of the Harborwalk. With continued fundraising, the committee hopes to initiate the commitments for the bridge decking materials very soon. Everyone is encouraged to become involved with this community effort and support the project at any level possible.
With the benefit of being a part of The Indian Lake Area Historical Society, the dream of bringing the bridge to life once again for the entire Indian Lake community can become a reality: “Bridging the Past into the Future”. For more information about the Sandy Beach Bridge Renovation Project and support possibilities, visit the website at www.sandybeachbridge.com.
For more about this event, please contact
Jim Reed, Spend-A-Day Marina