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Depot Park Museum, adjacent bike path close during construction

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 | Posted by

Depot Park  Museum and the adjacent bike path and parking lot will close on Monday (Aug. 19) for a City of Sonoma repair and accessibility project that could extend for several weeks.

Serres Corp., the city’s contractor, estimates completion in less than one month. Work typically won’t begin on Fridays until after 2 p.m. to minimize the impact on the weekly farmers’ market at the Arnold Field parking lot.

The Depot Park Museum is a fixture at Depot Park in Sonoma. (Photo courtesy of the Depot Park Museum)

The Depot Park Museum is a fixture at Depot Park in Sonoma. (Photo courtesy of the Depot Park Museum)

The project extends within Depot Park between First Street East and First Street West.

It covers parking lot and bike path rehabilitation and improvements including grinding existing asphalt pavement; repairing localized pavement failures and drainage; placing asphalt overlay; installing new pavement markings and signing; upgrading existing curb ramps for ADA compliance; tree replacement; and other related work.

City Development Services Director and Building Official Wayne Wirick said on-site parking for the Friday farmers’ market “will be significantly reduced” during the duration of the project.

Museum officials are taking a positive approach to the project and closures.

“We’re sorry for the closure but we look forward to easier and safer access to our museum in the future,” said Sandi Hansen, director of Depot Park Museum.

A new exhibit recently opened at the museum but will await visitors when the construction project is complete. The Sonoma Valley Historical Society presents the exhibit on the history of the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival.

The exhibit showcases many years of festival posters, booklets, newspaper articles and photos. The exhibit continues through Oct. 6.

The museum will resume its normal hours the weekend following completion of the project: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information about the construction project, call Sonoma City Hall at 938-3681.

For more information about Depot Park Museum, call Sandi Hansen at 938-1762.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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