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Addressing street flooding near Caruth Park

February 24, 2020

Work is set to begin this summer to improve the City’s stormwater system and reduce potential flooding in the Caruth Park neighborhood.  The decision comes after months of study involving in-depth consultation with an engineering firm and careful review of concepts by several resident committees and the City Council.

The project features the construction of an underground detention structure in Caruth Park to increase the capacity of the City’s stormwater system by 11 acre feet.  That equates to just over 3.5 million gallons.  Costs associated with the new structure, estimated at $4.6 million, will be funded through the City’s Capital Improvements Program.

Located under the playing field on the east side of the park, the structure will provide several opportunities for improvements in and around Caruth Park:
 
  • Models show a significant reduction in the impact to private property during a 10-year storm event
  • The play field will experience better drainage which will reduce closures after rain events
  • New grass, designed for high-intensity use, will be planted after the project to provide a better play surface for teams using the field
  • Installation of a new irrigation system with new spray head technology and smart controllers will be part of the upgrades
  • The project will have minimal impact on the existing tree canopy – up to four trees on the outer edges of the project may need to be relocated of replaced in kind

Public Hearing - March 3

A public hearing for the use of Caruth Park for underground detention of stormwater will take place during our March 3 City Council Meeting.  The meeting will start at 5 p.m.  Of course, residents are welcome to attend and participate in that discussion.

Project Timeline

Installation of the underground detention structure is scheduled to begin following the annual Fishing Derby on June 6.  As part of this work, the parking lot on the east side of the park will be used as a staging area and for access to site construction.  The construction process and hauling of materials will generate a significant amount of truck traffic along Hillcrest.  As such, a traffic control plan will be in place to minimize impact to the neighborhood.  To relieve traffic congestion, the City will require that all contractor activity and parking be limited to the work site.  Once installation of the detention structure is complete, the contractor will replace the playing field turf and rebuild the Hillcrest parking lot.  The effort’s estimated completion date is this October.  Throughout the effort, the City will provide updated information on the project’s status on our website and our various social media platforms. 

The construction schedule for additional improvements to the area’s stormwater system hasn’t been finalized.  That multi-year effort will involve installing larger stormwater pipes under sections of   Southwestern, Hillcrest, Colgate, Marquette, and Airline.  


The underground detention structure location - East side of the park where the current grass playing field is located



This photo shows the type of underground detention structure that has been selected