The City of Sevierville Department of Parks and Recreation announces that repair work to the boardwalk on the Memorial River Greenway is almost complete. Weather and other conditions permitting, all work should be finished by July 1, 2016.
City employees built the boardwalk in 1994 with a $75,000 dollar TDOT Enhancement Grant. Over the past two decades the Boardwalk has made walking and running along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River available to thousands of patrons by linking City Park to Chapman Highway along the Memorial River Greenway.
Repairs to the wooden structure began in November 2015 and were the first major repairs undertaken since the boardwalk was constructed in 1994. Improvements included straightening handrails and picket fencing, removing rock and the original retaining wall, and building an additional handrail and second picket fence along the 700-foot structure. Pressuring washing, sealing and/or painting was also completed. The work was performed by City Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department employees, which reduced the overall project costs.
The City would like to thank adjacent property owners Ron Ogle and Steve Madison for their participation and support of the project, which caused an inconvenience to their employees and tenants along the Madison Plaza Shopping Center area. The City extends special thanks to local businessman Ron Ogle for his financial participation to complete riverbank stabilization along the length of the boardwalk.