South Park Bridge groundbreaking & celebration on Thursday



Alex Lopez, piñata master, at work on the giant piñata being made for Thursday's celebration. Photo courtesy of King County.

It’s tough to beat an afternoon party, especially one that features a 20-foot pinata and officially kicks off the construction of a new bridge reconnecting the South Park neighborhood to the rest of the city.

Check out the West Seattle Blog for details on the pinata replica of the 16th Avenue Bridge, which will be suspended from a crane before it’s time to crack it open. I’ll be at the groundbreaking on Thursday with my Council colleagues, and I hope you’ll join us. King County has the details:

Join King County and the South Park community in celebrating the start of construction of the South Park Bridge!

When:  1:30 p.m. Thursday May 5*

Where: South Park Bridge (south end of the bridge at 14th Ave. S. and Dallas St.)

Who: Join King County Executive Dow Constantine, members of the King County Council, and other elected officials along with funding partners and members of the South Park community who have made construction of a new bridge possible.

*Following the celebration, you are invited to join in the many festivities planned by South Park residents and merchants as part of Cinco de Mayo Day.

For more information:

www.kingcounty.gov/southparkbridge

For questions about the event call 206-263-9979.

The South Park Bridge was closed in mid-2010 due to its aging condition. Recognizing the vital role the bridge plays in supporting the local economy and moving vehicles and freight, Executive Constantine, agency partners and community members were successful in putting together a funding plan for a new bridge. The County estimates the new bridge will be open by mid-2013, with project completion expected in late 2013. The project is expected to employ about 125 people during the estimated 32-month construction period.

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