Due to flooding around the bridges in the commons area, the pool and commons area are closed until further notice. Please DO NOT attempt to cross this bridge to get to the pool, tennis courts, or playset. Please check back on this web site for updates.
It seems that someone is methodically throwing the rocks that where recently places to re-enforce the bridge foundation into the creek. I am not sure who this is but it looks like children playing and using the rocks to dam the creek. Although I can understand how exciting and fun such a game would be we have to understand we have spent about $1000 on the repair. Essentially whoever is doing this is throwing our money into the creek! Furthermore, damming up the creek worsens the erosion problems that we are having and making this even more worrisome. (Look at the pictures)
We need to figure out a way how to stop this from happening. I am assuming that this is not vandalism but rather kids playing build-your-own-dam. My suggestion would be to have the involved parties simply put the rocks back onto the bridge foundation – but that may be too much to hope for. In any case we need to raise awareness that if this does not stop we will have to spend more money. I would like to ask everybody to be aware and notify us if they see any of this happening or have information on this issue. It is also a good idea to explain this to our kids and have them help us in resolving the issue by either keeping a watchful eye or sharing information about what they might already know.
Please send me your input or comment on this post if you have any information or other ideas.
After much deliberation and research about what we can do with the bridges to the pool we have decided to move forward with fixing the existing bridge in the short term. As I have mentioned in a previous post we were looking at 2 different options, which were to replace the bridges or fix the existing ones. It turns out that what we needed to do is both.
Bridge replacement as it turns out is not a trivial matter both financially and administratively. It will require an investment in the range of $15 thousand (take a look here to get an idea) as well as some due diligence in obtaining all the required permissions and design approvals. Therefore we had to look at the options of fixing the existing bridges in a manner that will sustain them while we work towards a future bridge replacement. Brain Spear has been contracted to do this work that we hope will be started within the next couple of weeks. We wanted to get this done before the spring season that may bring some flooding. The work will include laying down more stones to deflect the water from the bridge foundation and re-enforcing the sidewalk leading up to the bridge (from the parking lot) with a concrete foundation.
We want to make sure that before the WHPOA agrees to such a substantial investment there is broad support among the members for such a project. In the upcoming months we plan to start researching this matter. As we get more clarity on estimates, requirements and possible designs we would expect to solicit feedback from everybody. The main topics to think about will be:
That the investment is seen as necessary and reasonable by the majority of our members.
Once we get closer to committing on this investment we will probably have to decide between a few options of bridge architecture, design and appearance.
I really just wanted to give everybody a follow up on this topic since it has been discussed for a while. I will continue to update everybody as we move forward.