By Philip Morgan
Times Staff Writer
TEMPLE TERRACE — Visitors to Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace no longer have to worry about tripping over or crashing through a rotten plank in the 1,000-foot boardwalk. A new walkway made of a composite material, which looks similar to wood but does not rot, should assure an accident-free stroll along the edge of the Hillsborough River at one of the prettiest spots in the Tampa Bay area.
Workers finished assembling the new boardwalk last month at a cost of just under $200,000, said Karl Langefeld, director of Leisure Services.
"There's been nothing but positive response,'' he said. "Everybody has been really pleased with the look of the boardwalk." It's also much safer, he added, "much more level and smooth and easy to traverse.”
The wood boardwalk lasted about 30 years, Langefeld said, and the new one should "exceed that significantly.”
A number of boards removed from the old walk had carried messages from townspeople celebrating and memorializing friends and relatives, a long-time fund-raiser run by the Temple Terrace Woman's Club. The club started engraving the new boards but ran into a problem — once a board is taken up for engraving, it cannot be screwed properly into place again, so a new board is required.
The city suggested that it just keep a supply of new composite boards for people who want to have one engraved. Robyn Baker, in charge of the project for the woman's club, said her committee plans to check out another option, such as engraving the messages on plaques which would be affixed to the boards.
People interested in a having a message put on the boardwalk can email the committee at ttriverwal[email protected]/ for details.
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