The Lions Club International encourages service-minded individuals to pour time into their community for no financial gain, but for good fellowship and citizenship. In Moab Utah, the Lions Club has had picnic tables and shade awning beside the Colorado River for years.
Recent years the area has been the hub of construction for a new Hwy 191 vehicle bridge, a separate bicycle/pedestrian bridge and Colorado Riverway Non-Motorized Path. Finally, attention was turned to reclaiming the park with new architecture, ample parking for both bikes and vehicles, interpretive kiosks, a water feature and soon the Moab Boulder Park will be added.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Lions Park was held on Friday, March 11, 2016. Festivities and ribbon cutting began at 11:00 am with entertainment from the Grand County High School Jazz Band. Lions Park is located at the intersection of Hwy 191 and Hwy 128. It is already attracting groups who stretch out on the ground, or share a bite to eat. Restrooms are available (please do not wash using this plumbing, instead seek these: http://discovermoab.com/shower.htm). For those staying on the north end of Moab valley, the bicycle under lane beneath Hwy 191 has passage to southbound Hwy 191 to better access Moab Valley RV, Aarchway Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
Initial funding came from the National Park Service, the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. It took combined efforts from several partners to bring the Lions Park project to completion. Those partners are memorialized on the footbridge on a plaque. Nearby are Matrimony Springs, the Moab Panel (of rock art), the crossing of the Spanish, Native Americans, Latter Day Saints, Outlaws (think Butch Cassidy) and Anglo trappers. Across the river is the site of the World War II bridge-guard station.
Castle Valley Artist Michael Dunton has adorned the pedestrian bridge with elegant 9 foot sculptures depicting “Forces at Play” current, gravity, time and balance last November further enhancing this lovely crossroads. Watch for more art along trails in 2017. This installation is meant to kick off Moab ArTTrails an opportunity for artists to submit works to be placed in public spaces, along an identified “trail” by which the public can walk and bike to enjoy the art set up for an entire year. A People’s Choice Award will purchase one piece to be in a permanent collection for the public.
Just imagine it with spring green bursting forth on the lawn and plants scattered along the borders.