Multi-year project to restore Jackson’s Cascades

Associated Press

Jackson — A multi-year project has started to restore the Jackson park that’s home to the man-made, illuminated waterfall known as the Cascades.

Demolition work took place Monday on a concrete wall surrounding the Cascades. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the wall, built in 1970, blocked the view of the waterfall and often is mentioned as big mistake.

Jackson County Parks Chairman Michael Way says the work will bring “is a new chapter in our beloved Cascades.”

Parks Director Scott Robbins says the demolition of the wall is the first phase of a planned 6-year project at the popular spring and summer attraction. Robbins says the waterfall will get a $1.8 million overhaul as part of the work, which will be done during the offseason.

Jackson resident Richard Skrocki was among about 50 people who attended a brief ceremony prior to the start of demolition. He says he’s “been waiting for them to do this ever since the wall was built.”

A temporary fence will be installed before a permanent archway and fence are built this spring. Officials say about 500 chairs removed from a concrete amphitheater behind the wall will be reinstalled. The final phase a new visitors’ center.

The entire project was expected to cost $9.5 million, but officials say some contractors are working pro bono.

Way says the Cascades are a place of “fond memories.” He says: “Couples have had first dates here. People have proposed here. The Cascades is truly a piece of community history.”