Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project

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The Morningside Neighborhood has several low and landlocked areas prone to flooding. Climate change has already increased the risk of flooding and will continue to do so. This project helps the community be more resilient to flooding. Project benefits are balanced across the neighborhood and there is no increase in risk to any property.

Ponds, pipes and a surface swale will be used to safely move and store floodwaters. An expanded pipe and swale will provide overflow from the Lynn/Kipling inundation area and the Grimes Avenue low point, and an expanded and reconfigured pipe network and minor grade changes will move water away from homes. Weber Pond and the Lynn/Kipling Pond will be expanded and lowered. About six acres of trees will be removed in Weber Woods to accommodate the larger ponds.

The flood infrastructure project also includes:

  • Natural resources restoration in upland areas.
  • Nature trails and bridge crossings at two locations at Weber Park.
  • Improved pedestrian access to the park with ADA-compliant trails in Weber Park.
  • Rebuilt sports fields in impacted areas with new turf and irrigation systems.

The flood infrastructure project coincides with planned roadway reconstruction in the neighborhood in 2022 and 2023.

The Morningside Neighborhood has several low and landlocked areas prone to flooding. Climate change has already increased the risk of flooding and will continue to do so. This project helps the community be more resilient to flooding. Project benefits are balanced across the neighborhood and there is no increase in risk to any property.

Ponds, pipes and a surface swale will be used to safely move and store floodwaters. An expanded pipe and swale will provide overflow from the Lynn/Kipling inundation area and the Grimes Avenue low point, and an expanded and reconfigured pipe network and minor grade changes will move water away from homes. Weber Pond and the Lynn/Kipling Pond will be expanded and lowered. About six acres of trees will be removed in Weber Woods to accommodate the larger ponds.

The flood infrastructure project also includes:

  • Natural resources restoration in upland areas.
  • Nature trails and bridge crossings at two locations at Weber Park.
  • Improved pedestrian access to the park with ADA-compliant trails in Weber Park.
  • Rebuilt sports fields in impacted areas with new turf and irrigation systems.

The flood infrastructure project coincides with planned roadway reconstruction in the neighborhood in 2022 and 2023.

  • Safety Announcement

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    We are asking for the community's help and cooperation. Major earthmoving operations have started at Weber Park. For important safety reasons, we urge people to obey the boundaries and not enter the construction site or tamper with it. Within the last week, we have had problems with people entering the site, and the orange fence and construction warning signs continue to be cut or removed.

    We do not want anyone hurt, it is very difficult for the equipment operators to see people while working. Our City staff and the contractor continue to try to intercept people before they enter the work zone but can't be everywhere at all times. We need the community's help in keeping a safe work site by not entering the boundary and leaving all signs and fencing in place.

  • Construction Update - June 7

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    Happening Now

    • Excavation and grading in Weber Park Ballfields
  • Construction Schedule

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    Happening Now

    • Mobilization
    • Site preparation
    • Erosion control


    Spring/Summer

    • Excavation and grading in Weber Park including north of Weber Pond
    • Ball field installation


    Winter

    • Weber Pond and Lynn/Kipling Inundation Area dewatering and dredging
    • Boardwalk construction


    The planting plan will be finalized this summer. We're working through optimizing the pond hydrology with our project partners and need to finalize the pump operation before finalizing tree placement. After we get a contractor on board, we'll provide a more detailed schedule for the natural resources restoration portion of the project.

  • Roadway Reconstruction Project Website

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    Follow along with the roadway reconstruction project here.

  • Phase 2 Contract Awarded

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    At their May 4th meeting, City Council awarded a contract to Rachel Contracting for Phase 2 of the Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project. This involves the pond excavation in Weber Park and the Lynn/Kipling inundation area. Work is expected to start this month.

  • Transitioning to a More Climate Resilient Landscape

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    As we adapt to increasing flood risk from climate change, we’re also restoring ecological integrity in the park.

    • We’ve selectively removed invasive, diseased, and disease-prone trees in upland areas.
    • After pond construction, we’ll replant trees. We’re carefully selecting species that will thrive in a changing climate as well as fruit and nut-bearing species to provide forage for animals and people.
    • The pond edge will be planted with wetland plants and support species including waterfowl, turtles, and frogs.
    • Native shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers will be seeded to restore soil health and provide habitat for wildlife, including pollinators.
  • Neighborhood Flood Risk

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    Many homes in the Morningside neighborhood are at risk for flooding, and climate change is increasing the risk.

    Learn more about the flood risk where you live with this interactive map.

  • Weber Park Plan

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  • Lynn/Kipling Inundation Area Plan

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  • Weber Park Boardwalk Rendering

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Page last updated: 21 Jun 2022, 12:10 AM