The City of Newark is replacing a seawall at Lakeshore Park this month, the first of a series of renovations that city officials say will improve the area.
It might even solve the park’s geese problem, said Soren Fajeau, civil engineer for the City of Newark, California.
“We’re hoping to reclaim portions of the park where the geese are making a mess,” Fajeau told Patch Thursday.
The project Fajeau is managing encompasses replacing an irrigation pipeline, restoring landscape, and repairing paths around the park. While the work is being done, Newark residents can expect to see closed sidewalks, heavy construction equipment, and piles of rocks.
Crews are in the process of replacing the seawall this week. That process includes placing caps on the first section of the wall just south of Channel Drive. Fajeau expects that section of the project to conclude in October 2013. Workers will be excavate and move more than 2,500 cubic yards of dirt during the endeavor.
Some sidewalks will be closed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor is required to open them during non-working hours, Fajeau said.
When the seawall installation is complete, paths will be repaved as part of a citywide path-paving project. That work is scheduled for Spring 2014, according to city staff.
In the meantime city staff are exploring the option of placing native grasses or other grass materials near the wall in lieu of open turf. The goal is to encourage the geese to move to other areas of the park, so people and their children can play without taking home remnants of geese activity.