Indian River Pedestrian Bridge replacement project delayed until 2017


SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignThe replacement of the Indian River Pedestrian Bridge through Sitka National Historical Park will be delayed until the spring or early summer of 2017. Original plans called for the removal of the bridge to begin Sept. 15, 2016. All project work has now been delayed until 2017.

During the installation of the water and salmon exclusion structures, issues were identified with the footings of the bridge that inhibit them from being reused for the new piers. These findings prevented the work in the river from being completed by the permitted July 15 date.

The bridge will remain in place and open until the construction resumes next year. Sitka National Historical Park will notify the public when more information becomes available.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of the project and bridge closures, please call the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center at 747-0110.

Mosquito Cove Trail to be closed for trail maintenance on July 21

Mosquito Cove Trail photo by Matt Goff of

Mosquito Cove Trail (photo by Matt Goff of

SitkaTrailWorksLogoThe Old Sitka State Historical Interpretive site parking lot and the Mosquito Cove Trail will be closed Thursday, July 21, so that Sitka Trail Works can helicopter transport gravel for a trail maintenance project.

Additional trail maintenance work is scheduled later this summer and is being funded by a Recreational Trail grant. Sitka Trail Works apologizes for any inconvenience.

For questions, please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

Hames Center announces new season of Senior Walking Hours program

Senior Walk July 17th Start Date

Seniors, now you can walk your way to better health and connect with friends with the next season of senior walking hours.

Join us from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, July 19 (note, the date on the flier is incorrect), at the Hames Center for a walking program designed for seniors to make new friends and meet their fitness goals. This program originally launched in April and is relaunching for the summer now that the gym floor has been resurfaced.

Led by trained Hames Center instructors, this program is donation-based and open to all seniors, caregivers, and those with specialized walking needs. The Hames Center gym is handicap-accessible, so people who need to use wheelchairs, canes, and other assistive devices are welcome. Pedometers are available to track your progress while you gain strength and balance.

In addition to the twice-weekly senior walking hours, the Hames Center hosts strength and balance training classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with special senior rates.

For more information, call 747-5080 or visit