Ailey Young Park Dam Removal and Stream Restoration
As part of an on-call contract with the Town of Wake Forest, Kimley-Horn led design, engineering, permitting, and construction observation services for the project.
Project BackgroundIn recent years, the Peggy’s Pond dam outlet, located at the end of Ailey Young Park, has experienced a lack of upkeep and attention resulting in major erosion, a reduction of water levels, and negative effects on aquatic life. The dam of the pond was partially breached, the downstream channel was incised, and the banks were eroded for approximately 200 linear feet. A sewer line runs parallel to the stream and was nearly exposed near the pond dam due to erosion. During inventory and assessment of their dams, the Town of Wake Forest identified a stream (known as the Unnamed Tributary to Dunn Creek) on the west side of Ailey Young Park that runs south into a small pond that needed to be restored.
Dam Removal and Stream RestorationThe goals of the Ailey Young Park dam and stream restoration included:
- Improve visual and functional connections along the stream corridor
- Partially remove the existing dam
- Convert the existing pond into floodplain wetlands
- Protect the surrounding environment
- Improve the stream’s hydraulic and geomorphic functions that could help support improved water quality and habitat functions and values
- 2020 Stormwater Project of the Year; APWA-NC