HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Nature, family, and steel construction – these three things were near and dear to Don Johnston’s heart.

So, it’s fitting that Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group honored its late owner by donating funds, labor, and materials to rebuild a bridge using steel to span a portion of a trail in Audubon Park.

The bridge is at Audubon Park and is located on the north side of the older of the two lakes in the park and it can be accessed from the Wilderness Lake Trailhead.

More than 30 PTTG employees ventured out to the bridge for a dedication ceremony on Saturday morning.

In a speech, PTTG Vice President of Risk Management Chris Johnston said the bridge represents the loyalty and love his grandfather gave every day to make a difference in people’s lives.

“You all here have been with us and our family through our trying times, our ups and downs,” he said. “And through this wonderful, thoughtful, generous gift have given our family and community a way to remember Don and his supportiveness, his generosity, and his love to make sure we have support along the way.”

Plans for the bridge began immediately after Don Johnston’s death on Jan. 2, 2018.

Audubon Park holds a special meaning to the Johnston family.

Don Johnston used to live close to the park grounds and his six children played in the park as if it was an extension of their backyard.

Audubon Park is the top tourist attraction in Henderson County, drawing hundreds of thousands of people annually.

Thousands of those visitors will hike the trail and walk across the bridge annually.

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(This story was originally published on October 3, 2019)