Nature, family and steel construction – these three things were near and dear to Don Johnston’s heart. So, it’s only fitting that the way Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group chose to honor its late owner was by donating funds, labor, and materials to build a steel bridge that spans a portion off a trail in Audubon Park.
More than 30 people gathered to dedicate the bridge on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Vice President of Risk Management Chris Johnston delivered a heartfelt speech in honor of his late grandfather before the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place.
“This bridge that stands here shows the love and loyalty that he gave every day made a difference,” Chris said. “He always said if they are with you when times are good and they sacrifice for you, when times are bad you sacrifice for them, he meant that and lived by it. You all here have been with us and our family through our trying times, our ups and downs. 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.”
The new bridge is located on the north side of the older of the two lakes in the park. People can access it from the Wilderness Lake Trailhead. It’s estimated that between 100,000 to 200,000 people will walk across the bridge annually. See Chris Johnston’s interview with 14 news regarding the bridge @