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Stormwater Detention Project wraps up in Caruth Park

December 2, 2020

Work has concluded on a major project to improve the City’s stormwater system and reduce potential flooding in neighborhoods close to Caruth Park. Funded through the City’s Capital Improvements Program, the $5.2 million project centered on the construction of an underground detention structure to increase capacity of the City’s stormwater system by 11 acre feet. That equates to just over 3.5 million gallons. 

Over the past seven months while these improvements were taking place, residents living near the construction site, passing motorists on Hillcrest and park users were all very patient and tremendously supportive. We thank you for that! Please note that temporary fencing will remain in place around the new turf so that it can mature and be ready for spring play.  

Above-ground improvements
 
  • Installation of 10,000 square yards of new Tiff Bermuda sod above the detention structure
  • The turf is designed for high-intensity use and offers better playing conditions
  • With improved drainage, after heavy rain events, the play field will be available for use more quickly
  • The new irrigation system for the turf east of the pond has advanced spray head technology and uses smart controllers
  • New decorative light poles on the park’s east side
  • New handicap parking spaces and ramps

Underground detention structure factoids
 
  • Prior to installation, 30,000 cubic yards of material was removed to make room for construction of the structure
  • Structure installation involved 830 separate pieces