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Creating a level playing field

July 20, 2009

Question:

Cam, they're taking away more of your grazing land! Have you seen the recent scraping-off of all the grass from most of the Lory Student Center's west lawn? What's going on over there?

Cam’s answer:

I’m having all that luscious sod put into an offshore account to boost my retirement grazing investments!

Actually, the de-lawning is part of a long-term project to prevent another disaster like the flood of July 27, 1997, which destroyed buildings and personal property on campus. (Hard to believe we've clocked 12 years since the flood!)

I talked with Fred Haberecht, assistant director of Landscape and Planning at Facilities Management, and he told me:

“The construction (presently destruction) on Recreation Field No. 12 will create flood detention on campus through the lowering of that field. The end result will be a consolidated flood facility for campus instead of each project bearing that liability within its own footprint.

“The end result will be a new, improved, and level playing field of greater dimensions than the old field.”

Fred tells me the field will be lowered 4 feet at the west edge of Meridian to zero feet at the ditch. The resulting berm will allow people to sit on the west and south edges of the field.

But wait, there’s more

Phase 2 of the project involves rerouting Arthur Ditch to include additional recreational field space and a more aesthetic edge to the ditch. That work will take place during winter 2009-10.

Plus, an informal amphitheater will be created in summer 2010 when the temporary parking lot is removed and that area is lowered in similar fashion to Field 12.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a new, level playing field to graze on!

Munchly yours,
Cam the Ram