Visitors may notice that their park is a bit of mess right now, but don’t worry, it will be cleaned up and better than ever before you know it! The ground was covered with a fresh blanket of snow and nearly frozen solid, but we got to it with our shovels and pickaxes. The goal today was to dig holes for the foundation of the deck and for the concrete bench located at the end of the most central mound. It was slow progress until the back hoe arrived. Within a few hours the snow was melting, the grass was muddy, and coats were being shed. We made great progress and hope to finish digging tomorrow, with fingers crossed that we may be able to pour concrete on Friday.
As we begin, we lift a piece of ice off of the tarps that covered the holes we dug Monday.
A student marks the edge of the deck’s foundation so everyone knows where to dig.
The pickaxe was helpful in loosening the ground. Saying the soil is rocky is an understatement.
Removed earth begins to pile up.
A student dug up a very old horseshoe. We suspect that it was once the property of Burke Farm.
Help arrives! In one scoop, the backhoe clears what it would take several hours to clear with shovels.
Whoops. We dug through an unmarked electrical line. It sparked like crazy and we were all told to stay away from it. Xcel was out within the hour to get things back on track.
The melting snow reveals the drainage near our site very beautifully.
Rebar delivery! These 20′ long steel rods hung well off the back of this big truck, and stuck through the back window to rest on a side mirror. The rebar will support the concrete.
Towards the end of class, we hit the depth mark for the concrete benches: 56″ down at the deepest point.
Lunch break. Students and shovels alike get a rest before finishing up.