Years of sediment buildup from shoreline erosion, however, had caused the once beautiful focal point to become an eyesore of muddy, stagnant water. The town was challenged with having to restore the pond to its original state while including measures to protect against recurring erosion and sediment problems.
City Park Supervisor Morris Crisler points out that warm winters had attracted several hundred migrating geese to the pond, also contributing to erosion problems. Historically, abundant red, glaciated quartzite rock had been used throughout the park and generously around the shoreline.
Ultimately, the pond had deteriorated to the point where a large portion of the shoreline rock had eroded into the pond, causing an invasion of grasses and weeds requiring weekly weed trimming along the entire shoreline. After meeting with geosynthetics' supplier John Warren of ASP Enterprises, Inc. (Lee's Summit, Missouri), the city was convinced the pond would be even more aesthetically pleasing after the restoration and was ready to move ahead with a plan. “The shoreline was so degraded that once this natural solution was presented, other considerations were eliminated”, says Crisler.