What is the status of the Bob Bangert Park redevelopment?

Bob Bangert Park is in the process of being redeveloped as a wetland. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 10, 2019 12:01 am

What is the status of the Bob Bangert Park redevelopment? It was flooded in the spring. Will more cottonwood and sycamore trees be cut down? Many of the small trees planted last fall appear to have drowned.

Flood waters this spring and summer made it difficult for much work to move forward in Bob Bangert Park, but changes should be noticed in the next month.

This week crews were working on drilling a well at the park that will allow for the wetland areas to be flooded. The well is funded by Ducks Unlimited and the Hunters and Fishermen's Association.

"In the next few weeks, the contractor will get all the underground piping to where we can flood the wetland units this year," said Glenn Sanders, president of Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen's Association. "We're also hopeful in the next month to get the kids' education center completed."

About half of the 26-acre park just off Bonansinga Drive is being converted into wetlands with the goal to offer outdoor educational programs for children.

The park will include a trail system, a wheelchair-accessible observation deck and other amenities.

Even though flooding prevented work being completed at the park, Sanders said there was plenty of work taking place off site.

"We were doing a lot of fabrication work that we could do off site," he said. "We have all that stuff ready to roll. Unless we get into a rain pattern, the public is going to see a big change (at the park) in the next month."

Sanders said there are no plans to remove additional trees at this time.

"The ones we took out were the ones that were kind of a hazard to the public, because they had a lot dead branches up high and they were in the latter stages of their lives," Sanders said. "We took those types of trees out and we replanted a little bit better quality types of trees -- ones that produce more wildlife food."

Many of the trees planted survived the flooding.

"Considering the fact that they were basically flooded all the way from October until last month, they did very well," Sanders said. "We're going to be doing some more planting this fall, but it's not near as bad as we expected."

Sanders said some small willow trees encroaching on the north end wetlands were sprayed to prevent them from taking over the area.

The Hunters and Fishermen's Association and the Quincy Park District reached an agreement to pursue a three-year development of the park in 2017.

Sanders said the work should be completed on time even with the delays.

A contractor hired by the Park District is set to start work on the south restroom in the near future. Repair work also is slated for the shelter house. Money for that work was included in the Park District's capital bond budget.

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