By Craig Lazzeretti
Assistant managing editor
(Tuesday, Dec. 1) Restoration work on Tice Creek wrapped up last month, with a little assist from Mother Nature.
Building Maintenance Manager Clayton Clark was eager to get the long-awaited project finished before rains arrived. The construction work began Oct. 12 and finished Nov. 10, just days before Rossmoor got its first wet weather of the season.
“The rains held off, so I’m very happy,” said Clark, adding that work would have come to a standstill on days when the forecast called for more than a 30% chance of rain. “We were scurrying.”
The project was necessary because the creek had been slowly eroding the area near the pickleball courts at Creekside as well as Tice Creek Drive, near Buckeye Grove, raising fears that the courts and road might crumble into the creek. It took two years, however, for GRF to secure the necessary permits from various government agencies.
Once the permits were obtained, the GRF Board approved a construction contract for $260,000 with GJR Development, well under the original $1 million estimate for the project. The project, which came in close to budget, involved packing tufts of soil into the bank underneath the courts as well as under a stretch of roadway.
“Once we figured out everything, it went pretty well,” Clark said. “The contractor moved right along. It couldn’t have gone any better.”
The last part of the project involves planting trees and shrubs along the areas of the creek that were restored near the tennis and pickleball courts, Clark said. Willow trees will help stabilize the banks. Native plants that fare well in creek banks were chosen for the landscaping, according to landscape manager Rebecca Pollon. They include valley oak, black walnut, California coffeeberry, California gray rush and California field sedge.