Bridge may bounce back in time for Arthur’s rubber duck race

Like the rubber ducks used each year in Arthur’s annual Rubber Duck Race, the local Lions Club hopes to bounce back from ad­versity to make this year’s event a success.

Earlier this year, spring runoffs contributed to the ped­estrian footbridge along the Conestogo River being washed from its footings downstream. In addition, railings were smash­ed on one side of the bridge.

The bridge has been a mainstay for the races, often acting as an ideal vantage point for viewing and running the race, and last year it was the finish line. However, at a recent economic development meeting, Al Rawlins quipped it was a good thing members of the Arthur Lions Club had deferred repairs to the bridge last year.

Once water levels return to normal, he said plans are in the works to deal with the situation – as club members check to determine the full extent of the damage.

He said Jim Joyce had al­ready contacted Cox Con­struc­tion about having the bridge lifted back into place.

At this point, however, Rawlins is uncertain if the bridge can be ready in time for the rubber duck race this May.