Thursday, January 14, 2010

Times reports council allows Red Oak Park planning to continue

Red Oak Repair To Move Forward


 — A washed out drainage ditch at Red Oak Park that has kept Fayetteville officials in hot water with neighbors will get a combination of pipes, “plunge pools” and natural restoration to repair eroding banks.
The repair comes after a series of talks with occasionally frustrated residents in the neighborhood who have said they wanted the flooding and erosion fixed. However, many urged an approach that didn’t entirely rely on piping and allowed the channel to handle the large flow coming through the narrow park since the development of subdivisions such as Bridgeport.
Carole Jones, a park planner with the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Division, told the City Council on Tuesday staff had developed a $218,000 plan to deal with the park’s water woes.
“There were a lot of interested people, with different goals,” said Jones. “We’ve tried this concept so that it meets all of those goals as best we can,”
Roughly $56,000 of the cost will be covered by the Parks Department and the remaining balance will be paid for through the city’s drainage fund.
In earlier discussions about resolving the problems, costs of nearly $500,000 were cited.
The park over the years has largely been split in two by the drainage ditch that grew as nearby development caused more runoff.
Under the proposed plan, the water’s path in the park will see the addition of ponding areas designed to slow the water down, allowing it to drop its load of sediment before moving on in a more controlled manner.
“The plunge pools are intended to take the energy out of the water, and take the silt out, and let it go on to Hamestring Creek,” said Chris Brown, chief engineer for the city’s engineering division.
On the downstream side — the area beyond New Bridge Road — 42-inch pipes will be installed to aid with drainage during mild storms, Brown said.
The project design is expected to be complete by the end of the month, Jones said. However, it then gets turned over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review. The City Council gave verbal permission at the agenda session to proceed with the project, she added.
“We cannot determine how long the review process will take,” Jones said, but added construction will begin soon after the corps’ review and approval.

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