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Where’s the wall?

Reconstruction of Lakeland Park stone wall in progress, expected completion next spring

The rocky ditch, pictured above, is where the historic Lakeland Park wall usually sits. The wall, built about 1890, has been dismantled rock-by-rock and moved back into the park, visible at right, while local contractor Mike Walker works to shore up and reconstruct the structure.

The rocky ditch, pictured above, is where the historic Lakeland Park wall usually sits. The wall, built about 1890, has been dismantled rock-by-rock and moved back into the park, visible at right, while local contractor Mike Walker works to shore up and reconstruct the structure. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— About 150 feet of the Lakeland Park stone wall fronting Forman Street (state routes 13 and 20) is gone — it has been dismantled and the stones moved back into the park while a local contractor works to repair and reconstruct a portion of the historic wall that had become so unsteady as to be hazardous.

The project, which the village board approved in August and is expected to be completed next spring, will not only shore up the base of the wall and to make the structure more secure, it will also create a new gated entrance to the park by Carpenter’s Barn, which will help make the park and the barn more user-friendly to the community.

“We have been monitoring the condition of the wall for several years and determined that it was time to break the piggy bank and address the rapidly deteriorating front section of the wall,” said Trustee Amy Mann, the board’s point person on the wall and the Carpenter’s Barn restoration projects. “Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits of the restoration, the project will dovetail into the Carpenter's Barn Restoration project and tie into our bigger picture plans to enhance public usage of the park.”

The board put out a call for bids for the wall restoration work in July, and received four bids in August ranging from $88,000 to nearly $400,000. At its Aug. 8 regular meeting, the board accepted the lowest bid of $88,000 from the Cazenovia company Expert Building Services, owned by Mike Walker.

The project is being funded by the designated capital fund set aside specifically for work on the historic park wall when its deteriorated state was recognized some years ago, Mann said. When the state Department of Transportation raised the grade of Forman Street (state routes 13/20), it placed pressure on the wall at that location and accelerated its shifting, she said.

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