Columbus area leaders gathered Monday on the Frank K. Martin Pedestrian Bridge to celebrate $140,000 worth of enhancements to the structure named after the late mayor who worked to unite the communities it connects.
The project is the main one produced by the partnership of 23 local organizations called Together 2016.
“The Together 2016 partners decided early on that the projects should be symbolic, accessible, family-friendly and memorable – something for all citizens and visitors,” said Together 2016 chairman Rodney Mahone, president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer.
Other projects totaling $70,000 and previously announced in the Together 2016 campaign are:
▪ Five $2,000 scholarships for local high school seniors.
▪ More than 55 Little Free Libraries in local neighborhoods.
▪ 17 markers for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Learning Trail.
▪ 22 Please Be Seated Benches in local neighborhoods.
The bridge enhancements comprise LED lighting, improved landscaping, awnings for each of the seven arbors and signs that tell the story of how each of the awning colors relates to the region:
▪ Cola Red – relating to Coca-Cola and RC Cola, two iconic sodas with Chattahoochee Valley roots.
▪ Army Green – symbolizing Fort Benning and the tradition of military service and community in the Chattahoochee Valley.
▪ Olympic Gold – signifies the year the Olympic softball competition came to Golden Park in 1996.
▪ The Blues – denotes the blues music in the Chattahoochee Valley, where the famous blues singer Ma Rainey got her start.
▪ Environmental Green – connotes the Chattahoochee River, which has given rise to industry, recreation and ecological restoration.
▪ Denim Blue – represents the textile industry, which drove early prosperity in the Chattahoochee Valley.
▪ Brick Red – corresponds to the brick and mortar businesses rising up from Chattahoochee Valley clay.