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Duck Island to see revival

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

Duck Island in Noble Park Lake will be restored to its former glory.

According to City Engineer Rick Murphy, Mayfield-based contractor YEC Inc. will use a concrete armoring, previously hidden under the water, as a foundation to rebuild the island. As part of an ongoing bank stabilization project at Noble Park, YEC is installing 665 linear feet of metal sheet piling to support the shoreline around the southern portion of the lake, where dirt was sliding into the water due to erosion.

The concrete wall was discovered after the water levels in the lake were lowered to allow for demolition and installation of the sheet piling.

Murphy said the concrete armoring was likely installed as a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression.

"The concrete is as solid now as the day it was built. This is high-quality work," Murphy said. "It won't erode again."

The contractor will raise the concrete wall by 2 feet, creating a solid foundation for a new Duck Island and home for the duck house, which is in storage.

This can be done for a "minimal" cost, Murphy said, and significantly less than the cost of a floating structure to replace the island, which was in the previous design plan. Murphy estimates the island restoration will cost less than $2,000.

"We found something that we didn't know existed that's become a bonus to city taxpayers as well as everyone who has loved that element of Noble Park all these years," said Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler. w"Things have a way of working out."

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.

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