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Pier remains closed at Zearing

Park board hears summer camp review

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:28 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:32 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The fishing pier at the Zearing Park pond will remain closed until next spring.

On Wednesday, Princeton Park District Executive Director Elaine Russell said it has been determined the construction of the fishing pier was not completed as engineered. The pier itself is solid, but the ramp will need to be removed. The support structure of the ramp will need to be dug up and replaced. The work may actually require lowering the water in the pond. The park district has two companies working together on the project, she said.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, the cement bases under the ramp leading to the dock are heaving up at different levels, which has essentially twisted the ramp, pulling at all its seams and joints. Park officials determined much of the damage was due to the freezing and thawing throughout the winter months. The pier and ramp have been closed since April.

In other park district news, the Princeton Park Board heard at its Tuesday meeting from recreation coordinator Nick Davis who gave an overview on the district’s summer camp and programs for youth and adults. About 25-30 children attended summer camp, held five days weekly throughout the summer. Some of the activities included daily swimming, educational programs and bus trips to zoos, sports games, museums and movies. Other summer programs included youth baseball, basketball and tennis lessons, along with dodgeball and kickball leagues. Davis thanked his summer staff, which included about five new hires and current part-time staff.

Final numbers are not yet available for the Alexander Park outdoor swimming pool season, Russell said Wednesday. The pool is never a money-maker for the district, but the district does try to do its best to keep expenses low.

“The Alexander pool had a summer of ups and downs due to the weather. Participation was down. However, less staff and chemical were required to maintain open hours,” she said.

The final event for the Alexander pool season will be Saturday’s annual free Pooch Paddle for dogs, Russell said. Owners and their small dogs can use the pool from 11 a.m. to noon, with owners and their large dogs using the pool from noon to 1 p.m.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the park board approved the district’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget which shows estimated revenue of about $3.1 million, including beginning cash-on-hand from the 2013-14 fiscal year. Total estimated expenses are projected at $3 million.

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