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$2,500 reward for information on bridge vandalism

Thursday June 15, 2006

Earlier this week, the stone walls of a bridge in Cherokee Park were destroyed by vandals.  Preliminary estimates place the cost of repairing this destruction at $250,000 to $300,000.  A small portion of the bridge had previously been damaged by a vehicle.

The damage took place to Bridge #4 – also known as the Alvin T. Hert Memorial Bridge – which crosses Beargrass Creek near the intersection of the Scenic Loop and Maple Road.  The bridge, with carved stone spindles and capstones, was completed in 1923, with funds raised to honor a local businessman and civic leader.

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy has generously offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this destructive act.  "It's hard to fathom how someone could do this," said Bill Juckett, the conservancy’s chairman.  "It's a shame to think that the time and money Metro Parks will spend repairing this bridge could come at the expense of playground improvements or tennis court resurfacing."

The road itself is structurally safe and remains open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Metro Parks is working with Louisville Metro Public Works to install a temporary barrier along both sides of the bridge to keep vehicles from veering into the creek.

Citizens with information can call 502/574-LMPD or 456-8100.