Fairfield unveils brand-new swinging bridge in Jefferson County Park

Jefferson County Park's new swinging bridge is now open for use.

Visitors young and old to Jefferson County Park can once again enjoy the park's classic swinging bridge.

The bridge was originally built in 1986 and has undergone a total of three refurbishments since; the latest of which became necessary two years ago when it was made known that the bridge was on its last leg. The options were to tear it down or replace it.

From November 2011 to January 2013, $10,000 was raised for the repairs. Over 115 people donated $25 or more to the bridge, which truly makes it an icon for the community, by the community.

"Not only did we get major donors, [but] we're calling it the Jefferson County Park Memorial Bridge because of two very special people, Ebb Camelin and Ali Moradi, and their contributions made this whole thing possible from the very beginning," said Kathy Tollenaere, Park Board member.

The original posts and braces are still in use, reinforced by fresh concrete, but everything else on the bridge is new, so it is expected to last a very long time.

Tollenaere said around 3,000 kids along cross and play on the bridge at camps every summer.