The footbridge over the Rio between Wheeler Park and the library was one of the civic features that marked Flagstaff a friendly and connected community. It served as a visible link between our loves of recreation and learning.
As reported in the Daily Sun, the footbridge was dismantled primarily due to unsafe conditions. However, that decision was also informed by its cost to repair (the city’s estimates ranging from $70,000 to $1,000,000) and the Rio’s future alignment due to the Rio de Flag flood control project (RDF). The Daily Sun included our remembrances of the old footbridge in its December and January issues.
Now, let’s look to the future: A new footbridge is a possibility! In response to my emails, the city engineer wrote that a new bridge over the Rio is not prohibited; it would need to be designed accordingly. There is opportunity for the community to discuss how to treat the section of the RDF adjacent to Wheeler Park and the Library, and whether a new bridge should be part of that plan.
The first round of public outreach will be held on June 13, and there will be a council work session on June 11. If you are interested in a new footbridge, please write to Mayor Evans and members of the City Council; let them know. If you can, attend the outreach meetings. Mark your calendars!