For those of you that are long-time Evergreen Shores residents, you may recall that Bucher Park was last updated in about 1990. This past year our City Council approved a budget of $580,000 to again renovate most of the park. The primary improvements completed this summer were:
- New plazas and picnic shelters at the park entrance and adjacent to the baseball and soccer field areas.
- All new playground equipment
- Rebuilt trails and new trail connections
- Much improved drainage of the baseball and soccer fields
- An expanded infiltration basin to treat storm water runoff into Kerry Pond.
Two “observation openings” were also created along the pond edge to allow for a more scenic view from the park area. They will be completed next spring. There will NOT be fishing docks placed on those two sites.
Having this beautiful park located adjacent to our neighborhood is great for our families’ ongoing use, and of course adds to the value of all of our homes!
2013 was an interesting spring, as winter hung on as long as possible. The late spring, combined with ample amounts of rain, led to a rather weedy spring and summer. To add to the perfect weed storm, our permits to the DNR were delayed due to a mandatory pre-treatment inspection by a DNR representative. This pushed back our treatment about 3 weeks, so weeds didn’t actually start to regress until late July. Once the weeds died down, the ponds were more pleasant to all of the users.
Lake Restoration was once again the company we used. They were helpful throughout the process by facilitating the DNR permitting and answering any questions we had regarding treatment.
Regarding finances for treatment, there seems to be a constant need to raise revenue annually by the DNR, and permit fees for lake treatment is a line item that they want to increase. With that said, we need to be proactive and plan for a possible increase in the coming years, along with the usual 2-3% annual inflationary increase that the treatment companies pass along to the homeowners associations.
For budget year 2013, we did not collect money from homeowners on the waterway because there were ample funds in the ESHA checking account to take care of all ESHA business activities including the treatment of all ponds. For this 2014 budget year we are asking for a $15 increase from the 2012 dues to rebuild our account and continue all ESHA business activities including treating the ponds and keeping our shorelines and waterways beautiful in order to maintain our property values.
The block captains perform a vital job for the homeowners association. Contacting all 149 pond properties owners is a daunting task. Help make their job easier by signing the weed treatment application and paying the dues in a timely manner. There are 4 areas that correspond with the 3 permits required by the DNR for lake spraying. The block captains and their assistants are: Marty Masters assisted by Andrew Callinan, John Buck and Mike Engelen for Kerry Pond; Patti and Lyle Johnston for Sherwood; Dan Walseth for Evergreen; Hal Voges for Daniel Court. Thanks to these volunteers. Their efforts allow us to keep our ponds healthy. If you are interested in helping, please email us at email@example.com.