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Bridge project moves forward

About 75 residents and contributors gathered at the east side of Russells Point harbor Sunday for the official groundbreaking launching the Harbor Walk portion of the Sandy Beach Bridge Project.

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Moving dirt Sunday for the groundbreaking of the Sandy Beach Bridge Harbor Walk were, from left: Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis, Gary Alexander, Dan Weitz, Matt Arthur, Chris Morris, Barb Reed, Derek Gillespie, Scott Duff, Noel Gonterman, Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss, Meg Reed Williams, Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames and Jim Reed. (EXAMINER PHOTO | SUE PITTS)

Representatives of the Indian Lake Area Historical Society, key contributors, committee members, contractors and supporters  pitched dirt, kicking off the first leg of construction.

Project leader Jim Reed shared details of the project and said the organization anticipates the bridge and park being open to pedestrians next summer.

Mr. Reed said it was important to his family to restore the iconic bridge that used to connect the two sides of the Sandy Beach Amusement Park, because it stands as the “symbolic center of a lot of memories.”

Local resident and former judge Doug Chamberlain shared the memory of meeting a young Indian Lake girl at the foot of the bridge. He and his wife Patty have been together since their chance meeting some four decades ago.

Donations to the project are still needed to complete the project and may be forwarded to the ILAHS Bridge Fund, P.O. Box 265, Russells Point 43348-0265; or by visiting www.sandybeachbridge.com.

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