Construction at the Water Works site continues apace, with work focusing on restoration and stabilization of historic features, many of which – especially mill remnant walls – will be elements in the design of the park and pavilion. In addition, site demolition and excavation also continues.
Throughout this work, crews are taking particular care of the old cottonwood in front of the Columbia Mill wall. A perimeter fence around the cottonwood was sited by a city arborist to protect the tree from direct damage, but also to prevent over-compaction of the root system.
Looking ahead, we’ll see further restoration work on the mill remnants in preparation for constructing steel support beams for the future pavilion, as well pouring new floors and a deadman*, and other structural elements needed to begin work on the interior. Crews will start working on storm water systems under First St. and the parkway in the coming weeks.
Our thanks to Doug Verdier, community member and RiverFirst Campaign supporter, for his documentation of the project. Check out some of his photos and detailed captions, below.
*What’s a “deadman” you ask? Sometimes called a “deadman anchor,” it’s a piece of wood or poured concrete that’s buried in the ground to anchor a connected structure.