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Hart Springs restoration complete

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Special to the Citizen
During this past “winter season” Hart Springs undertook a huge project to complete the restoration of the retaining wall. In order to bring together the style and unique design that was started the previous year several features were added to the retaining wall including a new beach area and entrance steps. The overall conceptual design was to address safety of guests, protection and preservation of the springs from erosion, and provide handicap accessibility into the springs. The completed project achieved all of this, plus created a beautiful new space around the peninsula, and pedestrian bridge.         
Mitchell Gentry, manager of Hart Springs, is credited for the design and construction management of the new retaining wall. He first fell in love with Hart Springs growing up, and is thankful for the opportunity to build the retaining wall that will define Hart Springs for years to come.      
Hart Springs completed other projects since last summer. They were, for handicap accessibility, a sidewalk to restrooms and store, picnic shelter #5 table modified for wheelchair use, electricity available on four picnic shelters, handicap parking spaces and signage, and sidewalk and handicap parking at RV park. Also a new gatehouse (FEMA funded) enhances the entrance to the springs, rebuilding picnic shelter No. 4 (FEMA funded), and 25 oak trees planted at RV park. Everyone is invited to visit Hart Springs this summer, and see all the improvements.