Friday, January 18, 2013
Dakota County officials will discuss a grant the county received to construct a wayside rest area with interpretive facilities near the Rock Island Swing Bridge.
The following is a press release from Dakota County: Dakota County has been awarded a National Scenic Byway grant to build a wayside rest along the Mississippi River Regional Trail near the Rock Island Swing Bridge in the City of Inver Grove Heights. The County is inviting the public to share comments about the project at an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, National Guard Meeting Room C, 8055 Barbara Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. Dakota County staff will introduce the project, present design concepts and answer questions. The project includes construction of a wayside rest with a four-season restroom, an outdoor picnic pavilion, a 40-vehicle parking lot, signage, and interpretive …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Set somewhere south of the Twin Cities, the bridge in "Broken Down" may remind local residents of the Rock Island Swing Bridge that connected Inver Grove Heights and Newport.
Editor's note: The following is a release from local author Susan Koefod. Arvo Thorson and Christine Ivory are together again in local author Susan Koefod’s second mystery novel, Broken Down. Koefod—an Inver Grove Heights native—debuted her mystery series in September 2011 with Washed Up, which was praised by Library Journal as "a smashing debut with astute observations and gorgeous prose" and listed as a top 200 pick on Library Journal's debut novel list in October 2011. In Broken Down, the death of a swing bridge operator is clearly no accident and a troubled 15-year-old boy and the aging bridge are both under suspicion for murder. Detective Arvo Thorson is having a breakdown of his own: a drinking binge makes him all too vulnerable to…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The construction project that closed the pier included, among others, the resurfacing of 66th Street.
The Rock Island Swing Bridge Recreational Pier will be re-opened for use by the public effective Friday, June 29, according to a release from the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation department. The construction project that closed the pier included the resurfacing of 66th Street, the extension of water and sewer for a future Dakota County Trailhead restroom facility, future off-street parking and trail connections. A temporary parking lot will be provided on the south side of 66th Street and cars can now be parked on 66th Street. The City asks residents and visitors to not park in the local businesses when visiting the park. Up-to-date information can be found on the City's website. Questions can be directed to Parks and …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A primary goal of the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the parks, trails, recreation and leisure services available across the state.
The Inver Grove Heights City Council was presented with two 2011 Awards of Excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) Monday evening. MRPA spokesperson Jason Eisold, of the City of St. Louis Park, presented the Council with plaques recognizing the Rock Island Swing Bridge and the Random Acts of Fitness program. According to the MRPA website, a primary goal of the program is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the excellent parks, trails, recreation and leisure services available throughout Minnesota. The Swing Bridge was chosen from the Parks and Facilities category; Random of Acts of Fitness took the prize from the Programming and Events category. "The MRPA Award of Excellence program recognizes …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Patch grabs a couple minutes with Inver Grove Heights mayor George Tourville.
In the latest installation of Mayor Matters, mayor George Tourville addresses construction around the Rock Island Swing Bridge. The mayor also discusses how to stay safe in the summer months, the opening of Inver Wood Golf Course and the upcoming St. Paul Farmer's Market.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A weekly rundown of the stories readers found most interesting over the last seven days.
Though you might live or work in Inver Grove Heights, chances are you follow, to some degree, what's happening in the neighboring communities. Here are the Top 5 stories from IGH as well as some of the top stories posted on area Patch sites last week. 5. Inver Grove Heights Pics & Clips: Joseph Kennedy Tribute A wonderful video tribute to Spc. Joseph Kennedy and his family produced by our friends over at Town Square Television. 4. IGH Woman Accused of Stealing From Kids Soccer Fundraiser Sharon Lee Pieske, 43, was charged Apr. 24 with stealing $1500 from a collection box used to fund the IGH Youth Soccer Association. 3. City Considering Firearms Safety Class Inside IGH The City of Inver Grove Heights is considering allowing DNR 2nd Lt. …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Despite being one of the first issues on Monday night's agenda, the Rock Island Swing Bridge stairs proved to be one of the most contentious.
The Inver Grove Heights city council narrowly approved building a set of stairs for the Rock Island Swing Bridge at Monday night's council meeting. One of the first issues on the agenda, the Swing Bridge stairs proved to be one of the most contentious, garnering 'Yes' votes from only Mayor Tourville and councilors Piekarski-Krech and Madden. The council awarded the building contract to St. Louis Park-based Tree Trust, a nonprofit landscaping company that partners with youth programs to keep costs low. One exchange between Parks & Recreation Director Eric Carlson and councilman Bill Klein demonstrated the tension in the room. "Personally I'm not wild about these stairs at all," Klein said. "I would rather have seen a trail to a scenic …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
This week's Last Chance! comes courtesy of Diane Baum. Thanks Diane!
The Rock Island Swing Bridge will CLOSE through June, beginning Mon., May 14th due to road work on 66th St E. This week's weather is forecast to be nice and sunny if anyone wants to go walking there. Patch chimes in on a weekly basis to remind people of important community deadlines and, while we'll do our best to keep up, Patch is your site so if you know about an important upcoming deadline, share it in the comments below or post your own events and announcements. Feel free to contact editor Jeff Roberts (email@example.com) with any Last Chance deadline announcements.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Minnesota Historical Society donated $6,990 for the new Heritage Village Park.
The money will be used to conduct historical research about the Rock Island Swing Bridge. A 670 feet long part of the repurposed bridge will be included in the new Heritage Village Park along the Mississippi. According to a statement released by Parks and Recreation Director Eric Carlson yesterday, the city of Inver Grove Heights and the Dakota County Historical Society will conduct research and collect materials from public and private collections, and oral history about the Rock Island Swing Bridge. The site is in the process of being transformed from an abandoned railroad yard into an 80-acre public park. The Bridge span reopened as a recreational pier in 2011. Earlier this month, the city decided to build parking spaces, restrooms, …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Rock Island Swing Bridge will likely remained closed until next March, according to city officials.
As of Monday, The Rock Island Swing Bridge is closed for the winter season. The closure will last until approximately March 2012. City officials elected to close the Rock Island Swing Bridge so that we don’t have to remove ice and snow from the structure. If you have questions please contact the city's Parks and Recreation Director, Eric Carlson, at 651.450.2587 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.