Bridge Construction Scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands Park


The City of Gainesville’s Public Works Department is working with Wharton-Smith Inc. and Nature Bridges to repair the bridge between Cell 1 and Cell 2 at Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The original pine decking, which has started to decay, will be replaced with decking made of Ipê (Brazilian Walnut). The Ipê is naturally rot resistant and expected to last many years.

During construction, the park will be open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. The bridge will be closed to the public, and there will be no visitor access to Cells 2 and 3. However, the trails and boardwalks at Cell 1 and the Sediment Basin will be available for use. Work on the bridge decking is expected to begin on January 7 and should take two weeks to complete.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors during bridge construction. For technical questions about the bridge decking project, please call (352) 318-8202. For questions about the park and facility access, call (352) 334-5067. Direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, public information officer, at (352) 393-7842 or