Lions Club bridge opens at London’s Cowling Park

Celebrating completion of the London Lions Club bridge at Cowling Park are: (front row, from left) Amy Rees, Access Cowling; Lions Club members Barbara Rife, Ray Chamberlain and Dick Hughes; (back row) Lions Club President Jim Bates, club members Mike McMahen and Ken Weimer, and London Mayor Patrick Closser. Looking on in the background are employees of the Madison County Engineer’s Office.

(Posted Aug. 12, 2019)

The London Lions Club opened a new bridge at Cowling Park on North Main Street in London. The bridge spans the creek along the park’s east side to provide walkers with a convenient way to enter the main park area from Walnut Street.

The bridge was built to celebrate 100 years of Lions Club service to humanity and serves as a visible reminder of the organization’s contributions to the community. The bridge was built in conjunction with construction of the Access Cowling playground to make Cowling Park accessible and inclusive to everyone.

The London Community Organization’s Access Cowling project includes construction of a multi-purpose path that will connect the bridge to Main Street.

“The Lions’ Bridge demonstrates what can be accomplished when different governmental entities and non-profit organizations focus on achieving a common goal,” said London Lions Club President James Bates. “On behalf of the Lions Club, I express our heartfelt gratitude for the cooperation that resulted in the construction of the bridge.”

“This is another great addition to Cowling Park and the continued growth of the Access Cowling project,” said London Mayor Patrick Closser. “I would like to thank all of those involved, especially the London Lions Club for their support and vision.”

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