New retaining wall for city beach |

New retaining wall for city beach

A small but popular city park next to the lake could be shut down until early next week to allow for the erection of a concrete retaining wall.

The construction project, just east of the El Dorado boat ramp on Harrison Avenue, will cost about $80,000 and is being paid for by the city.

A wooden wall that held a sandy slope in place burst about two years ago. It is being replaced with 200 feet of linked brownish concrete blocks called Keystone.

“Our goal is to have it back open by Friday night,” said Stephen Peck, associate civil engineer at the city. “We’ll see how quickly we can lay the block. If we get a thunderstorm or any bad weather, it might take until the middle of next week.”

The park, normally filled with metal picnic tables and standing barbecue grills, was surrounded by orange plastic construction fencing on Wednesday. The tables and grills were replaced with piles of dirt and gravel.

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