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Newest Rock County park needs name

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ANN MARIE AMES
January 23, 2011
— It will be a far cry from Rock County’s biggest park.

But the view spans an awful lot of history.


The Rock County Parks Department is accepting suggestions for the name of the county’s newest park. The 3.5-acre park will be located at the site of the former Joel & Ann Barrett Boys and Girls Club, 6528 Smith Road, Clinton, on the border of La Prairie and Turtle townships in southeastern Rock County.


The county board in September voted to spend $135,000 to buy the former Boys and Girls Club property, which overlooks the bridge. The purchase includes the one-story, 3,200-square-foot clubhouse.


Some possibilities for developing the park include building a canoe launch, nature center or warming shelter; renting out the facility for special occasions or meetings or using the space for youth programming, according to a news release from the parks department.


The crowning glory of the park will be its view of one of the only five-arch bridges in the world, according to documents from the parks department.


Known as the Tiffany Stone Bridge, the limestone bridge is 12 feet across at the base and 16 feet wide at the top, according to Gazette records. Each arch spans 50 feet.


It’s located three miles straight east of Interstate 90/39 near the unincorporated community of Tiffany.


According to Gazette records, Janesville resident John Watson used limestone from Janesville and across the state to build the 387-foot bridge. It was constructed when North Western Railway was building a rail line from Chicago to the Twin Cities.


In the 1930s, the bridge was reinforced to hold 234-ton loads rather than the 43-ton loads it was built for, according to Wisconsin Historical Society online records.


The bridge is listed on the national and Wisconsin registers of historic places.


NAME THAT PARK

The Rock County Parks Department is accepting suggestions for names for the county’s newest park on Turtle Creek in Turtle Township. The highlight of the property is the historic Tiffany Stone Bridge.


County ordinances suggest that naming parks after individuals should be done to recognize outstanding public service. All suggestions are welcome, and the park need not be named after an individual.


The Rock County Board must approve the new name.


E-mail suggestions to Parks Director Lori Williams at williaml@co.rock.wi.us or Community Coordinator Joleen Stinson at stinson@ co.rock.wi.us. Mail suggestions to the parks division at 3715 Newville Road, Janesville, or call (608) 757-5473. The deadline for suggestions is Tuesday, Feb. 15.



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