Symphony Woods Pond to be dredged, renovated

November 07, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

The 30-year-old Symphony Woods Pond will be dredged and renovated for the first time this fall and winter to clean out years of accumulated sediment and organic growth, Columbia Association officials said.

During the next four to six weeks, depending on weather, the one-acre pond next to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia's Town Center will be excavated by an unnamed Columbia-based company for about $70,000, said Dennis Mattey, director of construction for the Columbia Association.

The company will clean out about 3,000 cubic feet of accumulated dirt, leaves and other organic material that built up and caused the pond to look dirty and smell foul, said Fred Pryor, CA director of open space management.

"In the early 1970s, it was a very attractive location," Pryor said. "We wanted to make it appealing again."

Over the years, a stream leading into and out of the pond brought in sediment, and a lack of aeration caused algae to build up, he said.

The renovated pond will feature an underwater aeration mechanism, a pipe to release water gradually, an overflow structure and reconstructed front and rear walls, Pryor and Mattey said.

The pond has been drying out for the last six months to prepare for the excavation, Pryor said.

The dredged material will be taken to the county landfill, where it will be disposed of for free, Mattey said.

While under construction, the path leading from Merriweather Post will be closed and a temporary stream-crossing bridge will be in place, Mattey said. Concert season has ended, and the construction will not affect the Symphony of Lights celebration in December, he said.

"The pond will have to be dredged again eventually, but not for another 10 or 15 years," Pryor said. "But these improvements will make it much easier and more manageable."

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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