The public is invited to an open house Tuesday about a maintenance project for Wedgewood Lake, a private lake a few blocks south of O Street at about 75th Street.

The meeting is from 5-6:30 p.m. in media Room 302 at East High School, 1000 S. 70th St. Participants are asked to use the south front doors by the flagpole. The open house is sponsored by the Wedgewood Manor Lake Association in cooperation with the city of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools.

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources inspects the Wedgewood Lake dam annually, and the agency has recommended repairs to the dam and its outlet structure. Draining the lake will allow the necessary repairs and permit excavation of accumulated sediment.

The project team evaluated four alternatives for a primary access route that would best minimize trucks and other heavy equipment on residential streets. The selected route would begin on the south side of the lake over a small section of Englewood Drive. It would then continue along the walkway on the west side of Dead Man’s Run in Seacrest Park. The walkway would be closed during the project. The route would then run through the east side of the Seacrest Field west parking lot and end at a new signal intersection at Regency Drive and A Street.

The new intersection is a project of the city and LPS to improve access to and safety at Seacrest Field. The project includes removal of the existing pedestrian signal, the consolidation of several existing drives and the addition of a separate left-turn lane into the Seacrest parking lot.

The association will be responsible for all maintenance activities and associated costs. Those include the replacement of the walkway, the installation of a new permanent driveway at Regency Drive and A Street and the restoration of any damaged landscaping in the park and Seacrest Field.

To minimize the disruption to residents, the project will take place during LPS’s reconstruction of the Seacrest Field complex, which includes paving the west parking lot. That LPS project is one of the improvements approved by voters this spring. Both projects are scheduled to begin after the last Seacrest Field football game this fall.

The association will be finished with the use of the access route by May 31, 2015, and the Seacrest Field reconstruction is scheduled to be completed before school begins Aug. 12, 2015.

The open house will not include a formal presentation. Representatives from the association, The Flatwater Group environmental consultants, LPS and the City Parks and Recreation and Public Works and Utilities departments will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

For more information, contact:

* Bruce Hocking, president of Wedgewood Manor Lake Association, 402-441-0140, brucehocking@hockingreid.com

* Lynn Johnson, director, city Parks and Recreation Department, 402-441-8265, ljohnson@lincoln.ne.gov

* Randy Hoskins, city Public Works and Utilities Department, 402-441-7711, rhoskins@lincoln.ne.gov.

* Scott Wieskamp, LPS director of Facilities and Maintenance, 402- 436-1072, ext. 82010, swieska@lps.org

* Andrew Appleget, The Flatwater Group, 402-435-5441, ajappleget@flatwatergroup.com

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