Today — Friday, March 10 — marked the end of a week in which our contractor and neighborhood volunteers completed work on our beach project. Photos of the completed project are in our Photo Album on page Beach Project Completed.
On Monday and Tuesday, the contractor placed stringers from the 8 X 10 deck to pilings in the Potomac River, ready for volunteers to extend the deck to its full length. The contractor then graded the common area so water will run into the ditch along the road, through the culvert and into Presley Creek. He seeded the area with contractor mix grass seed and Bermuda grass then covered the seeded area with straw and plastic net. The contractor mix grass should sprout in 2-3 weeks. The Bermuda will not sprout until temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees; this grass will provide a thick carpet.
On Wednesday, the materials to complete the deck were delivered.
On Thursday, aided by spring-like temperatures and a calm, sunny day volunteers completed most of the work on the extended deck. Thanks to Dave Williams, Frank Goyette, Ray Michelini and Joe Schlatter from the neighborhood, as well as Dave Hancock, our neighbor at Kritter Korner.
The weather turned nasty on Friday with rain showers, increasing winds from the Northwest and falling temperatures. Nevertheless, Dave Williams, Frank Goyette, Don Peebles, Sandy Rowe, and Joe Schlatter completed the deck by installing guard rails and top rails.
Two minor tasks remain: (1) installing signs, and, (2) planting salt-tolerant grass along the top of the bulkhead.
CAUTION: Most of the common area was graded and seeded. The seeded area is covered with straw and plastic net. Although the plastic net is stapled to the ground, it creates a tripping hazard. When you walk over the parts of the common area covered by net, please watch your step as your feet can become entangled in the net. Watch children closely. After the grass has sprouted and begun to establish itself, we will remove the net. Until then, please be careful.