Carol DeMare Staff writer
Section: LOCAL,  Page: B2

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 1986

For years the lake in Washington Park was abnormally low, due to serious leaking through a concrete spillway at one end of the 5-acre pond.

This spring workers began repairing "a number of major cracks" in the concrete shaft, and the lake has been drained 3 to 4 feet to accommodate the project, Albany Parks and Recreation Commissioner Richard Barrett said Tuesday. The $20,000 in repairs will be covered by a federal community development grant obtained by the Washington Park Conservancy, Barrett said. The conservancy is an Albany citizens group which works toward preservation and beautification of the park.

About two years ago, Barrett and work crews from his department noticed the spillway on the eastern end of the lake "leaking rather badly," he said. The concrete shaft controls the water in the lake and allows it to spill off if it reaches a certain level, he said.

Behind the spillway is concrete stonework which was "badly deteriorated, and there was some thought water was seeping through that into a sewer," he said.

"In summertime or spring, it was obvious from looking at the banks that Washington Park lake was abnormally low for a number of years," Barrett said. "It was the constant leaking of water out of the lake running right through the concrete."

The lake was 2 to 3 feet below its normal depth of from 9 to 10 feet, he said.

Some temporary repairs were made during the winter under the direction of City Engineer Jim Waugaman, Barrett said. The majority of the work is being done this spring by an outside contractor under Waugaman's supervision, he said.