Money will be used to repair leaking Huckleberry Park pond

The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department learned Wednesday morning it will receive a $184,171 grant. The money will be used to repair the Huckleberry Park pond.

Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks Department, said the plan is to bid the project during the summer of 2019 with construction hopefully starting later in the summer or early fall. The goal is to have the project completed before the end of 2019.

While Dorian would like to see the project underway sooner, he knows that is not realistic.

"Spring is a little dicey to be doing pond stuff. Heavy equipment in the middle of spring in a pond could be a headache, so we will shoot for July," he said during last week's Hannibal Park board meeting.

Dorian said next spring is already full with other construction projects.

"We will be smack dab in the middle of the riverfront (renovation) and lighthouse (reconstruction). Plus with the pool opening and Clemens field opening, it's just a lot going on at one time," he said.

In advance of the project, parks personnel will be clear trees and brush from along the pond's bank this winter.

Since the engineer's estimate for the project was more than $400,000, over $500,000 with contingencies, the parks Department has been looking for ways to reduce the cost. In addition to seeking the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant, $55,000 will be saved because some of the docks and gangway in the current marina will be used to create a handicap accessible dock area at the pond. Because a little more than 13,000 cubic yards will have to be excavated out of the pond's basin, in-house labor will be used to haul the material away which will result in a savings of more than $100,000.

Once completed, the pond will be stocked with fish.

danny.henley@courierpost.com