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Friday, April 13, 2012

Potter County To Seek Grant To Establish Park At North Fork Dam

County Considering Park At North Fork Dam

angleryes1Potter County officials want to establish a park at the North Fork Dam in the county’s northeastern corner, near Harrison Valley, but only if they can qualify for a state grant to cover much of the cost.

Several ideas are under discussion to capitalize on the recreational potential of the reservoir and surrounding property. The commissioners recently approved a resolution to seek funds from the Pa. Dept. of Natural Resources.

Plans for a park were drawn up by a consultant almost a decade ago. However, a funding plan had not been established, so the project was placed on hold while county officials continued to address structural and maintenance issues at the dam. Potter County owns the property around the dam, which was built for flood protection downstream in the Cowanesque River valley and beyond. North Fork Dam is a homogeneous earthfill dam, 622 feet long and 58 feet high. A video tour of the dam site (prior to 2010-11 rehabilitation work) is below.

North Fork Dam, tucked in the northeast corner of Potter County, PA near the town of Harrison Valley.

Fishing lake picnic/pavillion area and horseshoe pits are available to the public. Lots of open space to relax and take in the beauty.

North Fork Dam is a homogeneous earthfill dam 622 feet long and 58 feet high. The principal spillway is a two-stage drop inlet spillway with a 30' diameter reinforced concrete pipe. The riser unit is 2.5 feet by 7.5 feet and is 33 feet high. The emergency spillway is located on the left abutment and is formed by a trapezoidal shaped open cut in glacial sand clay and gravel. The bottom width of the spillway channel is 100 feet. The spillway exit channel is 482 feet long and discharges on the left hillside below the toe of the dam.


Anonymous said...

it would be a beautiful park

Anonymous said...

Yep. Just what we need when everyone is having a hard time making ends meet. Must be nice to be able to watse taxpayers money.

Anonymous said...

Don't need no stinkin' parks. Let's just let the rest of the world pass us by and always go without everything.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would apply for a grant to pay my taxes back to me so i could pay my bills....

Anonymous said...

Wish they would spend as much time working on bringing good employment into the area!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good idea to me. some of the bloggers here could use a park to go and chill.

Anonymous said...

I live in Austin and believe me the so called park thats here does absolutely nothing for our town! The hundreds of thousands of dollars they have wasted over the years could have done some really good things in the the town. Now the whole town is in horrible shape.

Anonymous said...

Like it said here if the state grant doesn't get approved this will not happen anyhow. With the thinking I see here we would never have a park or a playground or anything else for people who don't have the big bucks to go to amusement parks and entertainment events out of the area. The county already owns the land and the lake so why not do something with it?

Anonymous said...

WTH! Who do you think is going to use the park? There isn't anything in Northern Potter that is going to attract anyone new to the area. SO you will have a nice park and a puddle of a lake. I don't care what you do with it. Furthermore the rehabilitation has left the lake stagnant and dead. What is that old saying? You can put lipstick on a pig.

Think about it before you spend more money on a big wet hole in the ground that you have just thrown money into.

Anonymous said...

You want water to sit around and enjoy? We have plenty ... just check out all the ponds at every well site. Just as conveinent, taxpayer free, not-toxic and full of life.