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‘Bridging the Past Into the Future’

Project ready to get into full gear

The much anticipated project to restore the iconic Sandy Beach Bridge in Russells Point is gaining steam as fundraising efforts intensify with a challenge.

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ABOVE: The Sandy Beach Harbor Bridge is poised to under go major changes later this year as the Indian Lake Area Historical Society and the bridge committee led by Jim Reed continue to raise funds to restore the bridge for pedestrian traffic and construct a park. BELOW: An artist’s rendering depicts big changes in the works for Sandy Beach Bridge area set tentatively to begin later this year.

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The “Bring Back the Bridge” campaign got a boost when an anonymous local donor committed $20,000 to a “match” campaign for every donation of $20 or more from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“It’s an opportunity to (add) up to $40,000 into the fund,” said Meg Reed Williams, a member of the project and fundraising committees. “With everyone’s help on the fundraising, we are hoping to begin construction late this year.” Officials hope to raise about half of the $225,000 funding goal to break ground.

Just the mention of the former Sandy Beach Amusement Park bridge spanning the harbor conjures many fond memories for an untold number of pedestrians who once again will be able to stand at its peak and recall decades of regalement at the park. It was the site of many first meetings and proposals, connected two sides of what once was the area’s most popular attraction, has served as the backdrop of numerous community events and continues to be a link to the past for anyone who remembers crossing its wooden path.

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