Spillway repairs under way


Foster Park Lake partially drained for project

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake's two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed and will include measure to address the erosion of the lake's banks.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times As part of the work being done at one of the two spillways at Foster Park Lake, a pipe will be installed that will make it easier to partially drain the lake. This will enable city personnel and/or contractors to take steps to combat and repair the erosion of the lake's banks caused by wind and waves.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake's two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Foster Park Lake has been partially drained so that repairs can be made to one of the lake's two spillways. A leak had developed that was affecting the water level in the lake. In addition to repairing the leak, the project will also include the planting of grass along the exposed banks and other measures to help combat erosion.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — There’s not as much water in Foster Park Lake these days since the City of Union Public Service Department partially drained it earlier this week to allow a contractor to repair a leak in one of the lake’s two spillways.

The work is being done on the spillway in the corner of the lake nearest the Veterans Memorial Building. Smith Backhoe Construction has been hired by the City of Union to do the work which includes repairing a leak that has developed since the spillway was built more than 20 years ago.

“Since 22 years ago when the spillway was put in, there’s a leak that’s developed around the concrete,” Union Public Services Director Perry Harmon said as Smith personnel worked on the spillway Wednesday morning. “It finally opened up enough to where it was affecting the water level in the lake.”

Harmon said that the city began draining the lake about two weeks ago and earlier this week added a siphoning pipe to finish the process. He said that the lake has been drawn down approximately three feet to ensure that the area the workers and equipment would be operating was dry.

To repair the spillway, Harmon said Smith personnel has “dug out the area that was leaking.” He said they will then make “a couple of concrete fill pours” to eliminate the leak.

In addition to repairing the leak itself, Harmon said Smith personnel will be installing underground pipe that will enable the city to more easily drain the lake so that work can be done to help combat erosion. He said that some of that work will be done before the lake is raised back to its normal level.

“We’re actually going to put a pipe in there about a foot below the surface so in the future we can pull the lake down about a foot, feather the banks, and plant grass and do whatever else we need to do,” Harmon said. “The wind and water erodes the banks and so Smith is going to feather the bank with a bulldozer and city personnel will go behind them and plant grass around the edges.”

Harmon estimated that the project should be completed within three-four days. He said that the work is being funded through the Hospitality and Accommodations Tax Fund.

“This money will actually come from the Hospitality and Accommodations Tax Fund which can be used for maintenance of a public park where tourism is involved,” Harmon said. “We have people coming in from out of town to come to this park.”

Harmon pointed out that this was not the first time spillway repairs have been made at the lake. He said that similar repairs were made to the spillway on the opposite corner of that end of the lake, approximately five years ago.

Foster Park Lake is a man-made lake which Harmon said was built back in the 1930s during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal. He said that the lake was dug by hand with the dirt used to build the earthen dam that holds it in place transported to the site by mule-drawn wagons.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake’s two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed and will include measure to address the erosion of the lake’s banks.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_00044.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake’s two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed and will include measure to address the erosion of the lake’s banks.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
As part of the work being done at one of the two spillways at Foster Park Lake, a pipe will be installed that will make it easier to partially drain the lake. This will enable city personnel and/or contractors to take steps to combat and repair the erosion of the lake’s banks caused by wind and waves.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_00071.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
As part of the work being done at one of the two spillways at Foster Park Lake, a pipe will be installed that will make it easier to partially drain the lake. This will enable city personnel and/or contractors to take steps to combat and repair the erosion of the lake’s banks caused by wind and waves.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake’s two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_00111.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The water level at Foster Park Lake is considerably lower right now leaving more of the banks exposed. The lake has been partially drained to allow Smith Backhoe Construction personnel repair a leak in one of the lake’s two spillways. The project is expected to take three-four days to be completed.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Foster Park Lake has been partially drained so that repairs can be made to one of the lake’s two spillways. A leak had developed that was affecting the water level in the lake. In addition to repairing the leak, the project will also include the planting of grass along the exposed banks and other measures to help combat erosion.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_0014.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Foster Park Lake has been partially drained so that repairs can be made to one of the lake’s two spillways. A leak had developed that was affecting the water level in the lake. In addition to repairing the leak, the project will also include the planting of grass along the exposed banks and other measures to help combat erosion.
Foster Park Lake partially drained for project

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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