Work is under way on a new pedestrian bridge and rain garden at Fairlawn's Croghan Park.
City officials have said the pedestrian bridge is deteriorating, and it's too narrow and too steep to meet national standards for handicapped accessibility.
The city has set aside $200,000 for the project, which will include new sidewalks.
Mayor William Roth said the groundwork -- grading, foundation and sidewalks -- will be done this year, but the bridge, which is being manufactured off-site and will be shipped in one piece, won't be ready till next spring.
Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten said the new bridge will be located slightly east of the existing bridge.
Staten said demolishing the bridge was the first step in the process, and work is going well so far, according to Ohio.com.
There are strict Americans with Disabilities Act standards that will govern the design of the bridge, he said, directing that will must be eight feet wide and have only a gentle slope.
As part of the project, the city will create a rain garden designed to help manage stormwater in the low-lying area that is now prone to flooding.
The 7.5-acre Croghan Park, located at the corner of North Miller Road and Sand Run Parkway, has a walking trail and tennis, handball and basketball courts. It also has playground equipment and co-hosts the city's summer park program.