VALPARAISO | The track around the perimeter of Fairgrounds Park will be closed for the next 10 days so it can be repaved and widened.
About 500 joggers and walkers use the track daily, and it has not been resurfaced since it was built about 22 years ago. When the project is done, the 6-foot wide path will be 8 feet wide, which is the standard width for a pathway in the city.
When Rieth-Riley finishes reconstructing the pathway, public works employees will paint a white line along the edge of it to make it easier for the visually impaired to use. Additional striping is being considered since the path will be wide enough for bicyclists too.
The perimeter pathway is the second of the two pathways in the park to be replaced. The pathway between the two parking lots and around the concession stand also was replaced as part of the $90,000 contract with Rieth-Riley.
Eventually, the city plans to connect the pathway to a planned path on Evans Avenue running to the city's east limits at Ind. 49.