By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
Several weeks ago, about the time city crews completed work on Oak Avenue, work began to drain Peavine Pinion Pond in Bufford Park and dredge silt that has built up for many years.
This work was prompted by a grant to build sidewalks in the park, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
“This is a project that sort of blossomed from its original idea,” Maxwell said. “We got a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife to build a concrete walking path around it.”
As work got underway, the city discovered there just was not enough space along eastern shore of Peavine Pinion, there was not enough room for the concrete walkway.
“Rather than build up the embankment, we chose to put a boardwalk in,” the city manager said. “That, of course drove the price up a little bit, so we modified the project in other areas to bring the price back down some and the Adult Leadership Class has taken it on as a project and is going to raise another $15,000 to go toward it.
“So now we have a walking path on the east side of the pond that actually crosses the pond out to the 'pavilion,'” he continued. “Then, we will have a combination of concrete walking trail and decomposed granite walking trail around the remainder of the pond and tie in with the existing walkway around Bufford Circle.”
The new walking path is designed to connect to a future trail extending across the railroad and Main Street and connect with the walking trail around Coleman Park.
While work is underway on the walking trail around Peavine Pinion, work continues to dredge six to eight feet of silt from the bed of the pond.
That silt is being taken from the pond and dumped just behind the baseball fields, between the fields and the railroad tracks.
There is, Maxwell said, almost no value to the tons of silt that has been taken from the pond.
“Silt that comes out of a pond is pretty useless,” he said. “It has very little nutritional value. We learned that the hard way when we took some of the excavation from Lake Sulphur Springs near the airport and tried to use it on one of the fields - we quickly abandoned that idea.”
The city manager said he expects the work on Peavine Pinion Pond and the walkways to be complete within the next two to three weeks.
When the boardwalk is completed, the wait begins for runoff from rains to again fill the pond.
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