January 31, 2000
Children from Cherrybrooke and Cherry Valley Vista cut the ribbon last week for the new Cherry Valley Walking Bridge. From left to right are Emily Northup, Molly Gibson, Aurora Myer, Hannah Smythe (cutting ribbon), and Shiloh Smythe.
Photo by Alana McCoy.
by Valley View staff
DUVALL--Even before the ribbon cutting took place for the new Cherry Valley Walking Bridge last week, kids on both sides of it were happily using it to get together. And the Riverview School District no longer has to bus those children within walking distance of the school.
The bridge was installed because children were having to walk on Cherry Valley Road to get to the other side of Cherry Creek, to the opposite housing development. The school district bussed those children to the school.
The safety of children was the key element when construction began, said Cherry Valley Elementary Principal Doug Pierce at the ribbon cutting ceremony. With the continued growth, the school district is constantly working to keep up with safe walking routes for children, said transportation supervisor Carol Otness. Construction of the bridge over Cherry Creek was a joint effort between the city of Duvall, Riverview School District, Fish and Wildlife, and volunteers.
Mayor Glen Kuntz said he was given an original estimate of $75,000 for the project. No way could the city afford that, Kuntz said. But that was before city employee Jerry Marlette found a trailer bed that worked perfectly. Norm Cook of Cook's Trucking hauled the frame to the site and the city crew put it together.
City engineer Elizabeth Goode said the bridge "really looks nice. The kids are excited, not just because they can get to school, but that they can go play with each other."
The city determined the total cost to be $14,000. "It's an impressive saving," Goode said.
Alana McCoy contributed to this report.