The view across the Meramec Valley from the top of Blackburn Park is one of the most visited sites in Pacific — especially so since the replica Civil War cannon was installed there.
But it is about to be magnified 10 times, according to Stephen Flannery III, Pacific Park Board president.
The city has purchased two sets of binoculars, or viewers, that will enable visitors to look out over the 180-degree panorama from either side of the park. Installation is planned for sometime in May.
“This will be a much more spectacular view than what is visible to the naked eye,” Flannery said.
The park board, city administrator and tourism commission collaborated to select the right viewers and bring them to the bluff-top park.
The viewers will be set on stands at a height that children can use them. They are not coin operated and will be free for use by park visitors.
The 10 by 40 magnification viewers rotate for a view in all directions.
“There are two great vantage points where they will be placed, one toward the east of the bluff top and one toward the west,” Flannery said. “They will rotate some to offer a greater vista.”
The city tourism funds paid for the binoculars because it is felt they will be a big draw for visitors. The cost for two was $5,700. The city will install them.
SeeCoast Manufacturing Company, Fairhope, Ala., manufactured the viewers. The firm also provides viewers and telescopes to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and the Audubon Society.
“These units will stand up against extreme temperatures and all weather conditions. With minimum maintenance, our viewers will last indefinitely,” the manufacturer’s website promises.