Emmarentia Residents Association info@era.org.za (000) 111-1111

Repairs to top dam finally start

After many, many years of delays the project to repair the top dam (just below Marks Park) in the Emmarentia park has started. The initial project also aimed to repair the middle dam but numerous delays have meant that the project is now smaller and not so ambitious and so less costly for the City.

Below is information from the contractor:

Top dam project
The project has been undergoing site establishment and the barricading of it is mainly to keep inline with the environmental safety measures for both workers and the community.

The rehabilitation process will be as follows:

  1. Site establishment: fencing site camp and office safety signage amongst other action.
  2. Desilting of upper dam: bathymetric survey, drainage of upper dam, removal of vegetation and trees, desilting of upper dam, shaping new banks and soil removal amongst other actions.
  3. Construction of slipway: Survey and peg points, clear and strip site and remove topsoil, excavation of existing unsustainable Matt, preparation of expose surface for gabion mattress, preparation of exposed surface amongst other action.
  4. Construction of new dam embankment: Survey and peg points, clear and strip and removal of topsoil, removal of vegetation and trees, bulk earthworks and excavations amongst other action)
  5. Construction of sandtrap: Demolition of existing bridge, construction of sand trap amongst other actions.
  6. Project closure: reinstating vegetation and grass, site cleaning up, removal of all fencing and barricades amongst other actions.

The timeline is 8 months and we will update the community at key points.

They have advised us of the following for park users (especially dog-owners)

🚧 Community Awareness Alert 🚧

📢 Attention Residents:
Please be informed that there is an ongoing construction zone in emmarentia’s top dam. To ensure everyone’s safety, especially our furry friends and fellow pedestrians, runners, and cyclists, we urge you to take note of the following guidelines:

🐾 Dog Owners:

Keep your dogs on leashes beyond the marked points.
Respect designated areas for construction and construction vehicles.
🏃‍♂🚴‍♀ Pedestrians, Runners, and Cyclists:

Exercise caution while navigating near construction zones.
Stay vigilant for heavy machinery and construction vehicles.
Follow designated paths and avoid restricted areas.
Your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines is vital for the well-being of our community members. Let’s ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please spread the word to your neighbors and fellow community members.

3 Comments on “Repairs to top dam finally start

  1. It’s now completely closed between 24 June – 6 July? Is this correct?

    • No the park is still open. The construction area is closed off but it’s still easy to walk in the area. If you have dogs, it’s a good idea to keep them on leads in the area where the construction is taking place.

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