LINCOLN, Maine — A local engineer has begun to design and seek permits to build a children’s fishing pond off River Road that could be finished next summer, a town official said Friday.
Ted Ocana of Foresight Engineering won the $27,500 contract several weeks ago to design the project and help shepherd it through the permitting process, town Economic Development Director Ruth Birtz said. The project has a budget of $38,000 in town money.
“He agreed to work with the town to modify his bid if the work he has to do is less than he anticipated,” Birtz said Friday.
Ocana could not be reached for comment Friday.
As part of the project, a fishing pond and park just for children will be built on a 4.7-acre parcel off River Road near the Veterans Affairs clinic, about five miles from the Interstate 95 ramps. The state will stock the pond annually.
The parcel was donated to the town by the Edwards family and will be named after the late family patriarch George Edwards. It is a low-lying wetland, Birtz said, and will be dammed and filled with water in the spring.
Town officials agreed to use the land for the project because as wetlands it’s unlikely to have any other use, Birtz said. State conservation officials have tested the water in the wetlands and concluded that it would support the trout they intend to stock in the pond.
The project has had innumerable delays caused by difficulties in finding an engineer at a state agency willing to take on the design of the pond, among other things, Birtz said.