PTC repair has ruined Huddleston Pond

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 2:57pm
By: Letters to the ...

In reference to the soon-to-be re-completed Huddleston Pond article by Mr. Munford: Has anyone in political office in the city LOOKED at what used to be one of our little neighborhood jewels that make Peachtree City special?

We pay higher taxes living in Peachtree City and expect more. We have it with our beautiful city. Having lived in Fayette County 29 years, the last 19 of them in Peachtree City three blocks from the pond, I have watched while all of the delays went on and on.

Finally, progress has really been seen, and I was just waiting to see some of that mountain of red dirt be whittled down.

To my dismay, as I passed it today there was a paved road on top of it, not our nice little cart path that meandered along the edge of the pond as in years past.

So, yes, it flooded sometimes. Well, it didn’t go anywhere except around the pond anyway. And why is that dam so high? Even in the flood of 1994 there was no water going over it.

Our beautiful spot has been destroyed. Before, the somewhat oval path was a relatively flat path, which made it great for people with some mobility problems. Now, that is not so because the right side has a long slope up to climb the dam.

I don’t know what has happened to the cart path connection behind the gazebo.

Also, the only place that was less likely to be overrun with noise and activity is now going to have playground equipment placed on it.

I do love children. My youngest child was 5 years old when I moved here. My grandchildren come around here. BUT there are already many places for children and NO quieter places for adults who want to enjoy walks and sitting by the pond.

Of course, I guess it won’t be so pretty to sit by for a long time, nor do I expect to see a mother duck bring her new hatchlings out of the woods over THAT dam and slide down the red dirt into the water.

Are all the plantings going to be redone? Will all the wonderful tangles of honeysuckle that made a summer stroll so delightful be replaced?

I don’t remember the residents of the city or this area being asked if we wanted all that playground equipment put at Huddleston Pond.

I also realize that by not hiding my name behind the Free Speech section I will take a lot of criticism by those who believe children should rule above all. I have sat near you in most of the area restaurants.

I would just like for our city to be a place that all of us have a place we can enjoy, whether young, teen, adult, older, and handicapped. It just doesn’t have to be all at the same place!

I realize there are far greater problems in the world than this. I deal with those. Home is also important.

Jackie Sherwood

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 4:13pm.

And for the life of me, I fail to see what in the world you are complaing about. They are obviously not entirely finished with the cart path connections. The lake will be larger, the dam is higher, but I saw no severe grades on the path from the gazebo to the dam, the cart paths have been widened and lengthened, due mainly to the lake being larger. The new equipment looks nice.

Maybe I went to the wrong site. Smiling

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 1:08pm.

I'me going to ride over this evening and check this out for myself. From my travels on Windgate, I have thought it looked much better.

And as to the playground equipment etc, the renewal of the playground along with upgrades at Battery Way is appreciated by me.

The rant below about Logsdon, well, I'm not sure what that is all about.

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Submitted by Mike King on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 6:01am.

Some two-three years ago Huddleston Pond was in need of repair, but can anyone say it was due a complete landscape renovation? I guess those who like the author and has resided in the vicinity for say some twenty years has absolutely no say in what is to be done regarding their surroundings.

Just how many cubic feet of earth were moved and piled upon the dam to convert a golf cart path to a full fledged road we may never know. Common sense tells me that we do not require the addition of six to eight feet more of a dam to repair what in actuality was small leaks. Kind of like using a jackhammer to insert a tack.

This is what happens when the vision of our city is subordinated to the awarding of contracts just to spend revenue. Can anyone of the three senior members of our City Council actually claim to have physically inspected the project? Surely, they are not taking the word of city engineers who are so adept in the construction of golf cart bridges, police station headquarters, and the like.

The solution here is simple--get your head out of your fourth point of contact and uphold the rhetoric espoused during your campaign.

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