Ask Jessie: Work underway at Migenback Lake

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By Jessie Wagoner


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Question: Why is the water so low at Migenback Lake in Wall Park and is something being done to fix the problem?


If you visit Wall Park, it isn’t hard to notice the low water levels at Migenback Lake. The low water has exposed a large amount of soil, limbs and debris. The good news is the water should be rising again, soon. 

Public Works Director Jeff Woodward explains there is a drop weir at the south end of the lake. It had timbers for the gate, so the water levels could be adjusted. Some of the timbers broke, so they were removed for repair. During that process, the corner of the weir broke out. 

“We are having a new gate manufactured,” Woodward said. “However, the guy that is manufacturing the gate is backed up, so it has taken longer than expected. We should be getting the gate here in the next week or so. Then, the guys will go down and get it fixed.” 

Once the gate is installed, water levels will again rise. But, that doesn’t mean that work at Migenback Lake is complete. There is a large scale, $1.7 million project underway to restore the banks of Migenback Lake and the pond at Lakeside Park. 

On May 10, the McPherson City Commission approved Alfred Benesh to design a replacement retaining wall for Migenback Lake and the Lakeside Park Pond. Repairs will first be made to Migenback Lake. Woodward says they will create a design and ultimately all of the sand creek beds will be removed and a retaining wall will be built around the lake. 

“They should have the design complete about the end of the year,” Woodward said. “Then, the city will let it out to bid and then hopefully work will get started in early to mid-summer to be complete by the fall.” 

The $1.7 million project is funded through the second half-cent sales tax. 

“It will look a lot better,” Woodward said. “It is pretty expensive, but it is going to be a great change.”