Efforts continue to save stone Bever Park bridge in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS – Targeted for removal more than one year ago, the stone bridge in Bever Park has been given a second chance, but only if the public comes up with enough funds for its restoration.
A subcommittee of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has started an online fundraiser in hopes of raising $150,000, the estimated cost of repairing the bridge, which is more than a century old and one of the few remaining early features of the park.
There is no reason this should cost $150,000 to repair. It could be done with a small I-Beam C shape support system that could just be slid under the opening and then recover the top. I have restored so many wonderful historical homes, buildings and other historical items for less than 20% of what a city is quoted due to the overly ambitious bids from people who think a city will pay more. In my experience most cities will pay more to tear down a beautiful old building than it could be restored for. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help or have any questions.
Wow that is the smallest bridge ever and it leads to nowhere. So whats up with the $150,000 bid. Who’s pockets are being padded with that money.