Con­struc­tion be­gins on Square im­prove­ments

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

Get used to that orange fenc­ing and con­struc­tion on the Cov­ing­ton Square. It’ll be there a few weeks.

Mon­day af­ter­noon, crews be­gan work on the city’s plan to im­prove the park, com­plete with two new walk­ways, repaving ex­ist­ing side­walks, in­stalling new benches and land­scap­ing around the vet­er­ans’ memo­rial.

“There’s a lot of stuff to get up and put new stuff down, ab­so­lutely,” Cov­ing­ton City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight said Tues­day. “At the present time what you see is some in­stal­la­tion of new side­walks.”

Con­struc­tion was planned to be­gin Aug. 11 for tim­ing’s sake.

“There was very lit­tle go­ing on in the Square from Aug. 11 to the first of Septem­ber,” she said. The project should be fin­ished by the first week of next month.

“We’re think­ing it’s go­ing to be very nice,” she said. “It’ll ben­e­fit ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity by hav­ing a Square that looks re­ally nice.”

The im­prove­ments will make the Square more pho­to­genic for the movie com­pa­nies that film there, to be sure, “but it’s for the cit­i­zens, too,” Knight said. “There are a lot of peo­ple who use the Square on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, to take lunch or if they’re out in the evening go for a stroll. It’ll be a beau­ti­ful spot at the end of con­struc­tion.”

The county al­lows the city to main­tain and im­prove the Square.

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