Foster Woods Park renovation begins
The reconstruction of Foster Woods Pond is well underway, following the removal of underbrush and a timber harvest that brought in $2,200.
Conservation officials have said that the 1-acre pond would not be able to support aquatic life unless it received more sunlight and an increased air flow.
Once the pond refills, the board will use a fish habitat grant to restock the pond.
The $60,000 renovation of the 9-acre park is scheduled to be a multi-year project. Now that the pond has been drained, the shoreline will be raised and jetties constructed. Several designs for a shelter house are being considered.
The Washington County Conservation Board has approved a $51,000 contract with G & R Miller Construction for the work.
In other business, the board approved the hire of two seasonal employees and heard a report on an upgrade to the Clemons Creek shooting range.
Executive Director Steve Anderson told the board that work had been completed on the shoreline of Willow Pond.
The $10,000 project included clearing away undesirable species of trees and shrubs and seeding exposed areas. The pond was completely renovated in 2016 and re-stocked with game fish.
At 1.5 acres, Willow Pond has become a focus of conservation efforts partly due to its proximity to the Kewash Trail. The City of Washington and the Conservation Board have obtained state grants that would link the Kewash Trail to the Kirkwood College Campus.
Washington was awarded a $100,000 Resource Enhancement And Protection (REAP) grant to pave a spur from the trail around the pond that would connect it to the campus, located on Lexington Avenue just north of the trail.
The Conservation Board has received a $372,000 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to pave a portion of the Kewash trail past the pond.
Willow pond was a part of the Washington County Farm and has been in existence since at least 1950.