New bridge for Old Agoura

SAFE PASSAGE—Above, 12-year-old Ashley Arana of Agoura Hills and her horse, Diva, are the first to cross the new pedestrian and equestrian bridge at Old Agoura Park on Aug. 6. Below, from left, Agoura Hills City Councilmembers Denis Weber, Linda Northrup, William Koehler and Harry Schwarz dedicate the new bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photos by DIANNE AVERY/Acorn Newspapers

SAFE PASSAGE—Above, 12-year-old Ashley Arana of Agoura Hills and her horse, Diva, are the first to cross the new pedestrian and equestrian bridge at Old Agoura Park on Aug. 6. Below, from left, Agoura Hills City Councilmembers Denis Weber, Linda Northrup, William Koehler and Harry Schwarz dedicate the new bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photos by DIANNE AVERY/Acorn Newspapers

A new bridge over Chesebro Creek in Old Agoura opened Monday amid an eager gathering of equestrians, residents and officials from the City of Agoura Hills.

The bridge allows horseback riders and pedestrians to safely cross the dry creek and enter Old Agoura Park.

After several horseback riders tested the bridge’s footing, members of the City Council christened the structure with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Bill Koehler said the bridge was necessary not only for people who ride horses, but also for pedestrians and people with disabilities who previously had a difficult time accessing the park.

“It serves a dual purpose for the community,” Koehler said. “I’m glad it’s here.

The push to build the bridge began in Sept. 2016 when the City Council approved a community block grant to pay for it, Koehler said.

The $100,000 steel and composite structure lies adjacent to Driver Avenue.

“When I was riding I’d have to cross over to the street, which was very dangerous,” said Councilmember Denis Weber, a longtime equestrian enthusiast who seemed pleased with the project.

 

 

City Manager Greg Ramirez said the bridge meets all federal compliance regulations for people with disabilities.

Stephanie Bertholdo