Bids are being sent out for an estimated 85-thousand dollar project to reconstruct the overlook at Bluff Park in North Mankato.

Key features for the project include new ironwood decking and railing, two information panels and an ADA access between the path and overlook.

City Engineer Dan Sarff says a unique feature of the overlook is that it will incorporate three existing trees.

“A ten inch oak, a thirty inch oak and a twenty-four inch basswood. There’s benches that would be located adjacent to the trees as well as along the inside portion of the rail. Kind of envision this as maybe an interpretive type of center, maybe a classroom setting for children coming out there.”

One of the information panels will show the river valley in its original state without city infrastructure, the other panel will identify and describe wildlife and plants.

Funding for the project was set-aside in the General Fund for park projects.