It was like salt on an open wound. First Mother Nature flooded Bellevue’s Haworth Park two years ago. Then this spring, unseasonably chilly temperatures prevented work from being completed on time. Channel 6 News was given an exclusive tour of the park on Thursday. It should reopen by mid-June.
Nearly two years after flood waters ripped the park at Mission Avenue and Payne Drive apart, the scars remain. “When we came down here after the flood it was just wide open,” says Bellevue Parks Superintendent Mike Francis.
Work to fix a hole by the boat ramp is nearly complete, but fixing other areas like the playground has not been easy. It's been delayed because the ground is too soft and damp. “The weather really put us in a bind."
Toward the Missouri River, access is restricted. The ramps are bare of water. “They are pouring the walk trail right now, that's right along the river that's destroyed by the flood also."
Francis gave Channel 6 News an exclusive tour of the damage and cleanup that still remains. “We want to make sure that everything is safe, safe and in proper order before we open up."
Flood waters took out the marina. The Bellevue City Council decided last year not to reopen it, but there will still be access to Haworth via the river. “The people of Bellevue love this park, want to get back into the park and want to get back and be back to the river."
Francis says four weeks, that's the new timeline when it will reopen to the public at a cost of about $2.5 million. “We are down here working every day, trying to get it open as soon as we can."
The city of Bellevue released this statement: “We will inform the public as soon as these amenities at the park are ready to safely open." If you have questions, call the Bellevue Parks Department at 402-293-3122 or click here.