Boardwalk project nears completion


Contractors working for the City of Palatka are expecting to finish their project to repair the boardwalk that connects the north and south sides of the west bank of the St. Johns River, under the Memorial Bridge, by the beginning of next week. The walkway is expected to reopen to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The boardwalk is part of the statewide Rails-to-trails system owned by the Florida Department of Transportation but maintained by the City under an operational agreement.

Florida’s Rails-to-Trails program re-purposes abandoned railways into recreational trails, providing opportunities for walking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

The trail that passes through Palatka is more than 50 miles long and connects Vermont Heights in St. Johns County to Lake Butler State Park in Union County.

The repairs, which started on Aug. 2, cost approximately $90,000.

After work on the boardwalk is completed, the contractors will begin work on a project to make repairs on the City Pier in Riverfront Park, south of the Memorial Bridge.

For more information, please call City Hall at (386) 329-0100.