Crew members with Bleigh Construction were busy at the south end of Nipper Park, moving forward with early phases of the city's comprehensive riverfront project Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Crew members with Bleigh Construction were busy at the south end of Nipper Park, moving forward with early phases of the city's comprehensive riverfront project Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Aron Lee said department crew members were set to wrap up demolition work along the riverfront by the end of the week. Bleigh Construction crews worked on removing trees and relocating dirt at Nipper Park.

Lee said the location would house the relocated marina.

Next week, Bleigh crew members plan to begin removing existing marina docks and filling in the space for the relocation. In addition, the project will include new docks for large riverboats, the Mark Twain Riverboat and Canton Marine Towing; a new road, parking lot, sidewalks and fencing; utility improvements; and a large green space.

Lee said progress was moving ahead well so far.

“Bleigh has a great schedule put together on how they want to tackle it,” he said. “The weather has been favorable so far, which is good. That always helps on any progress on a project. We just hope for the best — as far as the weather and the river looking forward — so we can keep everything on schedule.”

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